DPS troopers checking 18-wheeler safety June 8-10
During RoadCheck 2010, law enforcement agencies across the United States, Mexico and Canada will be checking commercial motor vehicles such as 18-wheelers. The 72-hour intensive inspection program runs from June 8 through 10 throughout North America.
DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers and noncommissioned inspectors, along with Highway Patrol troopers who have received specialized training in commercial vehicle inspection, will stop thousands of commercial vehicles to inspect safety equipment and check driver log books, driver licenses and endorsements. Inspectors will also look for possible drug or alcohol use.
“We want to emphasize to all commercial vehicle operators traveling through Texas that safety is our foremost concern. We’ll be looking for trucks and drivers who aren’t complying with safety requirements, and we’ll place them out of service if necessary,” said David Baker, the assistant director who oversees the Texas Highway Patrol.
During Roadcheck 2009, DPS inspectors examined 7,316 vehicles in Texas. As a result, troopers removed 1,636 vehicles and 202 drivers from service because of the serious nature of their safety violations. Inspectors placed 125 drivers out of service for hours-of-service violations.
Other violations ranged from false log violations, having the improper endorsement to suspended, expired and cancelled licenses. Seven drivers were placed out of service for drug or alcohol violations. Troopers issued 12 tickets for seat belt violations.
The Roadcheck program, which stretches from Mexico to Canada, is designed to reduce commercial vehicle highway fatalities through increased vehicle safety. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which sponsors Roadcheck, reports a significant decrease in the commercial vehicle crash rate in North America since the program’s start in 1988.
Vehicles passing inspection receive a CVSA decal exempting the vehicle from inspection for a 90-day period, unless they have an obvious safety defect. DPS troopers issued 3,037 decals during Roadcheck 2009.