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5/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Cars, buses stopped near Dolan Springs

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies conducted a special traffic detail near Dolan Springs on Monday that targeted aggressive moving violations.

Tour buses headed to or from the Grand Canyon West Skywalk were stopped and inspected as well.

"The objective of these type of details is to slow down the motorists on Diamond Bar and Pierce Ferry roads and at the same time inspect the vehicles transporting visitors to ensure they are safe and in compliance with all regulatory and safety standards," said Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan in an email.

Joining the sheriff's office was the Hualapai Nation Police Department, officers with the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Arizona departments of Public Safety and Transportation, according to Trish Carter, Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman.

"The detail resulted in more than 40 vehicle violations and six driver violations," said Mohave County Sheriff's Sgt. Don Bischoff, who supervised the detail.

Bischoff said five out of 35 large and small passenger buses that were inspected were taken out of service.

Four of them were able to make the necessary repairs and hit the road and one with brake violations had to be replaced with another bus.

In all, inspectors discovered 47 federal violations.

As for passenger cars, a majority of the stops were for speeding and passing in no passing zones, said Carter. One driver was clocked driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone, said Carter.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: JACK A. LOPE

the bus drivers, esp the ones driving busses with "problems" have learned if they go down stockton hill rd, they will not be looked at or stopped.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“This is an obama, napolitano B.S test to see how far they can push Americans...!”

Of course it is! Keep those unsafe buses speeding across the landscape! It’s the right of business to do whatever they want with total disregard for traffic laws or the safety of their passengers. STOP THE OBAMA GESTAPO FROM PROTECTING OUR CITIZENS!

You have to wonder if people actually read their trash before they post it?

Ignorance is fixable – stupid lives on forever.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: READING IS FUNDAMENTAL

@ desert dweller - I think the story says that the "passenger cars" were the ones speeding. The buses were already stopped at the time they were inspected....FYI, Obama nor Napolitano were involved in the special detail....and no Americans got pushed!

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Good work, Don. Keep hookin' & bookin' them.
That stretch of highway resembles the Indy 500 most of the time. It's not unusual to be passed by a tour bus, while you're driving 20mph over the speed limit.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: A&W A&W

@ Desert Dweller..

" how fast can you go in a stopped tour bus" That was a joke comment , right..... Maybe just maybe the bus was stopped for speeding, ever thought of that?
But just like all repubs thinking, everything is Obama's fault..

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

tell me, were all the speeding violations in the stopped tour buses that were "inspected"? how fast can you go in a stopped tour bus...? This is an obama, napolitano B.S test to see how far they can push Americans...!

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: concearned citizen

Nice that they do this every once and a while but they should keep an eye on the school buses. I have witnessed too many violations from these drivers that I would never allow my child to ride one. Just yesterday a school bus loaded with children took the corner from Bank St onto Northern so fast it leaned to the point that the bus nearly lifted onto one side of the vehicles wheels. I have witnessed them pulling out in front of people on the highways as well as follow too closely to other motorists. In short law enforcement needs to keep an eye on their radical driving habits not just the tour buses and such.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Thank You

Thank You for making our roads & highways safer.
Next traffic detail should be Stockton Hill Rd. everyday there are more tour buses as well as other traffic that makes Stockton Hill Road unsafe. The tour buses leaving the Skywalk at night are especially unsafe in their driving.
Open range cattle are out all hours so it makes for unsafe driving conditions.

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