Roadcheck 2007 Removes Dangerous Commercial Vehicles From Texas Highways - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/07

Roadcheck 2007 Removes Dangerous Commercial Vehicles From Texas Highways

During Roadcheck 2007, which ran from June 5 through June 7, DPS troopers inspected 6,051 commercial vehicles, placing 27 percent of them out of service for equipment violations.

During the three-day campaign, 6,051 commercial vehicles were inspected, and 1,659 of the vehicles and 259 of the drivers were found to have serious enough safety violations to be removed from service. Last year, 1,461 vehicles and 218 drivers were placed out of service.

Inspectors placed 186 drivers out of service for hours-of-service violations. Other violations ranged from false log violations to suspended, expired and cancelled licenses and having the improper endorsement. Thirteen drivers were placed out of service for drug or alcohol violations. Troopers issued 42 tickets for seatbelt violations.

Vehicle out-of-service violations included 1,123 trucks that needed a brake adjustment, 922 that had brake system problems, 188 that had tire or wheel problems and 273 that had light malfunctions.

DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers, along with Highway Patrol troopers and other inspectors who have received specialized training in commercial vehicle inspection, stopped commercial vehicles to inspect safety equipment and check driver licenses, endorsements and log books. Troopers also looked for possible drug or alcohol use.

The annual 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, 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 received a CVSA decal exempting the vehicle from inspection for a 90-day period, unless they have an obvious safety defect. Troopers issued 2,554 decals during Roadcheck 2007.

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