State Patrol to Conduct Commercial Vehicle Safety Patrols in “Operation Open Scale”

It is also the responsibility of the WSP to enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. All areas of weight and traffic enforcement as well as vehicle inspections will be included in the emphasis.

This year Washington State has seen a decrease in fatal accidents by 60% which can be attributed to commercial vehicle safety inspections performed at weigh stations across this state.

So far, during 2009, three "Open Scale "emphasis have been conducted resulting in 1,642 inspections, 168 vehicles and 42 drivers placed out of service. Officer also noted 120 load securement violations with 72 of those placed out of service.