DPS increasing commercial vehicle inspections in June

Posted at 7:32 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 20:47:02-04

From June 5 - 7, you'll see state troopers performing road checks on commercial vehicles more frequently.

The checks are part of an annual effort put on by the Department of Public Safety and the Commerical Vehicle Safety Association.

The 3-day effort is aimed at promoting safer driving for commercial vehicle operators.

Typically the Roadcheck program focused on making sure 18-wheelers were in compliance with all safety specifications, like checking tires, head and auxiliary lights and latches.

While those things are still major concerns, this year the inspections take it a step further.

"We want to make sure that they are getting the amount of hours of rest that they are supposed to have prior to driving so its a wide range of things that they're stopped for  so we're just checking on their safety and want them to be safe as well," said The Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer, Ryan Howard.

State Troopers say the message is simple.

"What we're trying to do is just ensure people are abiding by the policies and to prevent actual crashes from occurring, to prevent  DWI's from occurring and things of that nature, to actually make the roadway safe."

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