West Virginia To Increase Commercial Vehicle Inspection

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The West Virginia Public Service Commission plans to increase commercial vehicle inspections on roads considered as high crash areas.

The PSC said Tuesday that the one-year enforcement effort will be funded with a $180,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Commissioner Ryan Palmer says in a news release that the grant will give PSC officers more hours on the road.

Targeted roadways include U.S. 33 in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph and Upshur counties; Interstate 81 in Berkeley County and the West Virginia Turnpike.

Inspections also will increase statewide on roads affected by Marcellus Shale drilling traffic.

The enforcement effort will run through September 2015.