DPS launches commercial vehicle safety effort
The Texas Department of Public Safety will inspect commercial vehicles throughout the state during Roadcheck 2008, a 72-hour intensive inspection program that runs from June 5 through 7 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.
“It’s been a successful program in making sure truckers and commercial vehicle owners meet proper safety requirements,” said Chief Randall K. Elliston, head of the Texas Highway Patrol. “The bottom line is we will remove unsafe vehicles from the roadway and issue tickets as necessary.”
During Roadcheck 2007, inspectors examined 6,051 vehicles in Texas. As a result, troopers removed 1,659 vehicles and 259 drivers from service because of the serious nature of their safety violations-both numbers were an increase over the year before.
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.