The Pennsylvania State Police placed 144 trucks and 32 drivers out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial vehicles traveling on rural roads and non-interstate highways.

The Commonwealth Rural Roads and State Highways detail, or C.R.A.S.H, was conducted April 12 by state police motor carrier enforcement teams statewide.

"National statistics show that more than 50 percent of all truck crashes occur in rural areas and on non-interstate highways," said Commissioner Frank Noonan. "Monitoring only the interstates is not enough. We are active on rural roads in Pennsylvania to ensure that all commercial vehicles are operated safely."

Noonan said the enforcement teams inspected 1,361 vehicles. In addition to placing trucks and drivers out of service, officers issued 651 citations and 1,366 written warnings. The most common violation found by the teams was brakes out of adjustment.