Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers conducted a commercial vehicle saturation on Interstate 44 in Phelps and Pulaski counties on Monday with vehicle enforcement troopers stopping and inspecting 24 commercial motor vehicles during the eight-hour operation, Commanding officer of Troop I Captain Eddie Blaylock said on Tuesday.

Blaylock said that the 24 inspections led to 50 violations, five citations, four vehicles placed out-of-service along with three drivers placed out-of-service, requiring the removal of the driver and commercial motor vehicle off the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Most of the 50 violations were equipment violations, Sergeant Michael A. Mitchell from Troop I says.

“Violations that cause vehicles to be placed out of service are serious equipment issues that are so bad it is not safe for those vehicles to continue. Those issues must be fixed immediately before the vehicles are allowed to continue on. The drivers that were placed out of service were for either driving time or license violations,” Mitchell says.

Troopers also responded to seven calls for service and worked one motor vehicle crash during the saturation, Blaylock said.