MV commercial vehicle enforcement operation yields 141 citations

MORENO VALLEY — Law enforcement agencies from throughout southern California came together in Moreno Valley to conduct a commercial vehicle checkpoint Tuesday, Dec. 4. The operation happened on Cactus Ave., between Elsworth and Graham streets.

During the “highly successful” five-hour checkpoint, 91 commercial vehicles were stopped and inspected, resulting in 141 citations issued, three vehicles impounded, and eleven trucks being temporarily placed out of service.

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“With the increase in holiday traffic, the safety of the public is of our utmost of concern,” Moreno Valley PD Cpt. David Kurylowicz told RCNS the morning after the checkpoint.

Officials from nearly a dozen area law enforcement agencies came together for yesterday’s commercial vehicle enforcement checkpoint and operation. Moreno Valley PD photo

“The public shares the roadways with these trucks that are already burdened with making efficient deliveries, and we owe it to the community to make sure everyone is operating as safely as possible,” Kurylowicz continued.

Moreno Valley PD’s Commercial Enforcement Unit, with assistance from commercial enforcement officers from California Highway Patrol and Orange County Sheriff’s Department, as well as officials from Perris, Riverside, Buena Park, Brea, La Habra, Irvine, Anaheim, and Rialto Police Departments, participated in the multi-agency checkpoint, which began around 7 a.m., Deputy Chris Loucks explained after the operation.

“The goal of the allied agency commercial vehicle checkpoint is to ensure commercial vehicles are operating their vehicles in a safe manner while adhering to state and federal regulations,” said Loucks.

During the checkpoint, the operation resulted in:

  • 91 commercial vehicles being inspected
  • 42 general citations issued
  • 11 citations were issued for registration violations
  • 3 drivers were cited for driver’s license violations
  • 4 citations were issued for lack of or suspended motor carrier permits
  • 19 citations were issued for brake violations
  • 2 citations were issued for wheel violations
  • 8 citations were issued for defective tires
  • 18 citations were issued for lighting violations
  • 2 citations were issued for unsafe loads/cargo
  • 32 citations were issued for various mechanical violations
  • 3 vehicles were towed or impounded
  • 11 vehicles were placed out of service

“A successful operation is measured by the commitment from the vehicle operators to follow the rules for safety,” Kurylowicz later explained. “Getting the word out to the public and companies helps to make that possibility a reality.”

Anyone with questions regarding yesterday’s allied agency checkpoint is encouraged to contact Deputy Loucks or Deputy Lynch with Moreno Valley Police Department’s Commercial Enforcement Unit at (951) 486-6900.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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