Four state police agencies spent Friday, June 15, 2012, through Sunday, June 17, 2012, enforcing “Operation Border to Border” along approximately 400 miles of U.S. Route 15 in an effort to prevent traffic crashes along the heavily-traveled corridor. This coordinated traffic safety enforcement initiative resulted in 1,159 total summonses and arrests among the four states.
During the three-day initiative, state troopers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina worked together conducting saturation patrols, sobriety check points and other enforcement initiatives to reduce traffic crashes and combat criminal behavior along this non-interstate highway. The north-south corridor is popular for passenger and commercial vehicles attempting to avoid congested interstates serving all four states, especially during the summer travel season.
Along the multi-state stretch of Route 15, troopers stopped 509 speeders and 16 reckless drivers. Three commercial vehicles were stopped and cited for speeding in Virginia and North Carolina. Seven drunk drivers in Virginia and Maryland were arrested. Troopers cited 56 seat belt violations and 19 child restraint violations. A total of 24 felony and misdemeanor arrests, to include two drug arrests, also resulted from the initiative.
No traffic fatalities occurred during the three-day project. There were three traffic crashes that involved injuries – all of which occurred in Virginia.
“Operation Border to Border” targeted 27 miles of Route 15 in Pennsylvania; 37.85 miles of Route 15 in Maryland; 230 miles in Virginia; and 106 miles in North Carolina.