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DPS Inspecting Commercial Trucks Driving Through Central Texas

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 10:28 AM CDT

Starting today the Texas Department of Public Safety will conduct intensified inspections of commercial vehicles.

The effort is part of Roadcheck 2014, a nationwide, three-day enforcement effort to make sure all drivers and cargo are safe on the roadways. "DPS is committed to making sure Texas roadways are safe for all travelers, and Roadcheck 2014 is another opportunity for us to continue our commitment promoting safe driving practices and compliance regarding commercial vehicles and their drivers," says DPS Director Steven McCraw.  

DPS is looking out for 18-wheelers and buses that may have serious equipment violations. That can include brakes, tires, lights and loading standards.  Troopers will also make sure drivers are in compliance with federal and state laws by checking driver licenses and log books, which document how long the driver has been on the road.  In addition, DPS will be on the lookout for aggressive passenger vehicle drivers, which officials say are the cause of most commercial vehicle crashes.

During Roadcheck 2013, DPS and other Texas law enforcement agencies inspected 9,228 commercial vehicles. The inspections found nearly 21 percent of the vehicles had serious violations that required the truck or bus to be taken off the road until repairs could be made. 248 drivers were also barred from driving because of violations ranging from not properly tracking driving hours to failing to have the proper type of license for the vehicle being driven. 

The Roadcheck program is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association (CVSA). According to the CVSA, the program has conducted more than a million roadside inspections and saved hundreds of lives to date.

DPS Inspecting Commercial Trucks Driving Through Central Texas


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