The Cherokee Marshal’s Office on Monday worked with four other law enforcement agencies to crackdown on violations by commercial vehicle drivers, authorities said.

According to marshal’s office spokesman, Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office:

Marshals coordinated the effort, along with officers from the state Department of Public Safety, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Canton Police Department, and Holly Springs Police Department.

“Eighteen officers focused their efforts on commercial vehicles violating traffic laws, equipment violations and county ordinance violations on I-575 as well as county and city roads,” Baker said.

During a period of seven hours, the operation resulted in:

♦ 80 traffic stops conducted;

♦ 26 citations written; and

♦ 54 written and verbal warnings issued.

“Violations ranged from littering, unsecured loads, violating prohibited truck routes, unsafe vehicle, speeding, violation of the hands free law, no seat belt, window tint violations, mud flap violations, possession of marijuana, no tag, seat belt violations, driving in the gore, following too close, expired tag and ‘move over violations’,” Baker said.

“This operation was conducted in response to complaints from Cherokee County citizens regarding commercial vehicles. Our sole intent was to make our roads safer for the motoring public and we greatly appreciate the assistance from all agencies involved in this detail,” Chief Marshal Ron Hunton said.

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