Rhode Island State Police and certified inspectors
from local police departments will conduct comprehensive roadside
inspections of commercial vehicles and trucks this week, an effort to
improve road safety, reduce accidents and prevent serious injuries.
The check is part of the 30th annual International
Roadcheck, a program sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety
Alliance, officials said. The 72-hour enforcement blitz will be held
from Tuesday through Thursday and a special focus this year will be
identifying violations of cargo securement rules and regulations, state
police said in a press release.
“We’re proud to be part of this
international campaign to promote highway safety,” said Col. Ann C.
Assumpico, superintendent of Rhode Island State Police and director of
the Department of Safety. “We hope the International Roadcheck reminds
owners and operators of all commercial vehicles — from the largest
tractor-trailer trucks to small commercial pickups — that they need to
comply with state and federal regulations to keep our roadways safe for
Troopers from the Rhode Island State Police
Commercial Enforcement Unit, as well as 14 police officers from local
departments, will be joining their counterparts throughout the country
in conducting Standard Level 1 inspections, a 37-step procedure that
includes examinations of the driver operating requirements and
mechanical fitness of the vehicle, state police said.
The International Roadcheck is considered the
world’s largest law enforcement effort targeting commercial vehicles.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance estimates that more than 1.5
million roadside inspections have been conducted during this campaign
over the past 30 years, with an average of 17 trucks or buses being
inspected every minute in the United States, Canada and Mexico during
the 72-hour campaign.
Locally, the inspections will be conducted in two
locations: at the Interstate 95 North weigh station and rest area in
Richmond, and at the Route 146 South weigh station and rest area in
North Smithfield, said Laura Meade Kirk, director of public information
for Rhode Island State Police, in a prepared statement.
Vehicle inspections will include checking brakes,
coupling devices, drivelines/driveshafts, exhaust and fuel systems,
frames, suspensions, required lighting devices, steering mechanisms,
tires, vans and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims, hubcaps,
windshield wipers and emergency exits on buses. Inspectors will also
check for seatbelt violations and to make sure drivers are not under the
influence of drugs or alcohol.
Last year’s program resulted in nearly 63,000
vehicle inspections, including more than 42,000 Level 1 inspections. As a
result of those inspections, 21.5 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent
of the drivers were taken out of service, according to the Commercial
Vehicle Safety Alliance.
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