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 placed out of service for repairs. 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 driven.
Each year, the Roadcheck program, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association (CVSA), places particular emphasis on a category of violations. This year, CVSA will be highlighting cargo securement as a reminder of its importance to highway safety. For more information on the Roadcheck program, please visit: http://cvsa.org/program/programs/international-roadcheck/, and click on 2017 International Roadcheck.
As Roadcheck begins, DPS is also reminding motorists to slow down or move over for vehicles on the side of the road. By law, drivers in Texas must move out of the lane closest to police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – or drivers must slow down to 20 MPH below the speed limit. DPS encourages Texas motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.