DPS Joins National Effort to Inspect Commercial Vehicles

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers, inspectors and investigators will participate in intensified commercial vehicle inspections from June 4 – June 6 as part of Roadcheck 2013, a nationwide three-day enforcement effort to increase motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security. DPS troopers will be on the lookout for 18-wheelers and buses with serious equipment violations and drivers not in compliance with state and federal requirements.

“DPS is committed to protecting all travelers on Texas roadways, and Roadcheck 2013 underscores the importance of ensuring commercial vehicles and their drivers are complying with the laws and regulations that help keep our roads safe,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “It is also important that all drivers – commercial and passenger – obey traffic laws and take basic precautions to reduce their chance of being involved in a crash.”

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

During Roadcheck 2013, 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 on the lookout for aggressive passenger vehicle drivers, the cause of most commercial vehicle crashes.

In 2012, DPS and other Texas law enforcement agencies participating in Roadcheck inspected more than 8,000 commercial vehicles. The inspections found that 21 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 243 drivers out of service for various violations, including not properly tracking hours of driving and failing to have the proper type of license for the vehicle being driven.

Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association (CVSA), the Roadcheck program, which stretches from Mexico to Canada, is designed to reduce commercial vehicle highway fatalities through increased vehicle safety. According to the CVSA, the program has saved hundreds of lives to date.

For more information on the Roadcheck program, please visit: http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.php.

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