DPS joins national commercial vehicle inspection effort

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troop­ers, inspectors and investiga­tors will conduct intensified commercial vehicle inspections from June 6 – 8 as part of Road­check 2017, an annual three-day enforcement effort across North America to increase mo­tor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security. DPS Troopers will be on the look­out for commercial vehicles, including 18-wheelers and buses, with serious equipment violations and drivers out of compliance with state and fed­eral requirements.

“The Roadcheck program is an integral enforcement effort designed to encourage com­mercial vehicle compliance and overall highway safety,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By always practicing safe driv­ing practices and proper ve­hicle maintenance, drivers of both commercial and passen­ger vehicles can do their part to help save lives and reduce crashes on our roadways.”

In addition to Roadcheck, DPS periodically carries out additional enforcement efforts in targeted areas where a high volume of trucks or buses may be operating.

During Roadcheck 2017, specially trained troopers and civilian personnel will in­spect commercial vehicles for equipment violations involving brakes, tires, lights and loading standards. Troopers will check driver licenses and log books, which document how long the driver has been on the road. In conjunction with these efforts, DPS will also be watching for aggressive, distracted, fatigued or impaired passenger vehicle drivers, the cause of most com­mercial vehicle crashes.

In 2016, DPS and other Texas law enforcement agencies par­ticipating in Roadcheck inspect­ed 7,795 commercial vehicles. The inspections found that ap­proximately 22.5 percent of the vehicles had serious violations that required the truck or bus be placed out of service until repairs could be made. Inspec­tors also placed 224 drivers out of service for various vio­lations, including driving over the maximum number of hours and failing to have the proper type of driver license for the vehicle being driven.

Each year, the Roadcheck program, which is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association (CVSA), places…


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