An enforcement campaign to ensure that big rigs and other commercial vehicles using freeways and roads throughout Riverside County are safely operated led to more than 100 drivers receiving citations, the California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday.

The agency’s San Gorgonio office conducted a 24-hour crackdown along Interstate 10 between Calimesa and Cabazon beginning late Monday night, using patrol units, commercial vehicle inspectors and a CHP fixed-wing airplane crew to spot potential violators.

According to Officer Darren Meyer, the enforcement effort was centered at the CHP Commercial Vehicle Inspection Station near the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon.

Meyer said 122 citations were issued and 30 verbal warnings were given to drivers who were either stopped on the freeway or whose rigs were inspected at the station.

The operation was held in recognition of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual “Safe Driver Week,” which ends Saturday.

Meyer said the goal is “to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.”

Officers countywide are taking part in the campaign. Meyer said San Gorgonio patrol units will remain focused on truckers engaged in “speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a commercial motor vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change (and) failure to obey traffic control devices.”

Operations will conclude Saturday night, he said.

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