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Operation Border to Border Yields 1,000+ Arrests, Summonses

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Virginia State Police


684 Speeders & 260 Seat Belt Violations Cited; 28 DUI Arrests 

(FAIRFAX, VA) – Six state police and highway patrol agencies spent Friday, June 7, 2013,  through Sunday, June 9, 2013, enforcing Operation Border to Border along approximately  791 miles of U.S. Route 15 in an effort to prevent traffic crashes along the heavily-traveled  corridor. This coordinated traffic safety enforcement initiative resulted in 1,855 total  summonses and arrests among the six states. No traffic fatalities occurred during the threeday project. 

State troopers from Maryland, New York, North Carolina,  Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia worked together conducting  saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, commercial vehicle inspections  and other enforcement initiatives to reduce traffic crashes and combat  criminal behavior along this non-interstate highway. The north-south  East Coast corridor is popular for passenger and commercial vehicles  attempting to avoid congested interstates serving all six states, especially  during the summer travel season.   

Along the entire multi-state stretch of Route 15, troopers stopped 684 speeders and 14  reckless drivers. A total of 28 drunk drivers were taken off the road. Troopers cited 260 seat  belt violations and 11 child restraint violations. The initiative also netted 25 felony and  misdemeanor arrests, to include four drug arrests. Troopers also provided assistance to 56  motorists along the route. 

Total Summonses/Arrests by State:   

Maryland: 129 …to include 5 DUI arrests   
New York: 115…& conducted 60 motor carrier inspections 
North Carolina: 48…to include 2 drug arrests   
Pennsylvania: 702…to include 250 speeding citations 
South Carolina: 430…to include 202 seat belt citations 
Virginia: 431…to include 192 speeding citations

"Despite the heavy rain and wind associated with the tropical storm that made its way up  the East Coast during this operation, troopers in all six states still had an impressive and  proactive impact on the overall safety of Route 15," said 1st Sgt. K.D. Blankenship, Area  Commander of the Virginia State Police in Loudoun County. "Our goal was to send a clear  message to motorists that complying with speed limits, buckling up, avoiding distractions  and not driving impaired is just as critical on highways like U.S Route 15 as on the  interstates."   

In addition, 142 motor carrier inspections were conducted in Maryland, New York and  Virginia. The inspections yielded 147 motor carrier violations with 28 commercial vehicles  and drivers being placed out of service.   

On Saturday in Loudoun County, Va., a motor carrier inspection led to the discovery of a  tractor-trailer driver demonstrating the early symptoms of a diabetic seizure. The tractortrailer was hauling steel and in violation of mandatory length restrictions for that section of  Route 15. When the driver attempted to exit his vehicle, he fell to the ground and had to be  transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Further investigation revealed the same driver  had been placed out of service in New York in August 2012 for the same medical condition.  As a result of the encounter with him in Virginia on Saturday, the driver was placed out of  service and cited for log book and over-length violations.   

Operation Border to Border targeted 37.85 miles of Route 15 in Maryland; 12.71 miles in  New York; 158 miles in North Carolina; 195 miles in Pennsylvania; 159 miles in South  Carolina; and 230 miles in Virginia.

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