Truck inspections will be focus of 3-day enforcement action this week

Truck inspections will be focus of 3-day enforcement action this week

The Westerly Sun

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 everyone.”

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.

— Jason Vallee


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