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Lewisboro Cops Crack Down on Commercial Trucks

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Truck drivers heading along Route 35 in South Salem this week were forced to take a little detour.

The Lewisboro Police Department, in conjunction with the state police and the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission, held its first-ever commercial vehicle enforcement detail on Wednesday just outside the entrance to Town Park. Commercial vehicles were stopped and instructed to pull into the park’s parking area for inspection.

As part of the operation, state troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit worked with the Lewisboro police to conduct the inspections to ensure that the trucks were safe. Police also checked to see that the drivers had the proper credentials to carry the materials they were transporting and had the licenses necessary to operate the trucks.

“This is the first time the Lewisboro Police Department has participated in such an event,” said Police Chief Frank Secret. “The last time Pound Ridge did one, I went over and checked it out and I was impressed with the way they conducted it and thought we could do something similar.”

Lewisboro Police Officer Mike Armistead coordinated the effort. Armistead also works for the Pound Ridge Police Department and has participated in many of its commercial vehicle details.

“I put [Armistead] in charge because he knew all the people to contact and could help make it a smooth experience,” Secret said.

Secret said that having the state police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit on hand was key to the detail’s success.

“They really know how to take a truck apart and what to look for,” he said

The police issued numerous tickets, impounded several cars, and made one arrest. The net result of the detail follows:

  • 46 safety violation tickets
  • 24 out-of -service violations (the violations are so egregious the vehicle is removed from service until the problems are addressed)
  • 34 uniform traffic tickets
  • 5 vehicles impounded
  • 1 arrest for unlawful possession of marijuana (a violation)

Secret said that while the operation went well, he wasn’t sure about the significance of the numbers.

“Not having done it before, we have nothing to compare them to,” he said. “We are going to do it again in the fall, and then we’ll have something to compare them to.”

The chief said he hopes the word gets out that Lewisboro is starting to conduct commercial traffic details and that truck drivers and the companies that pay them will take heed.

“We want them to know that if they’re going to drive in Lewisboro, they better be safe and they better have their paperwork in order,” he said.

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