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Inspections remove 67 commercial vehicles from road

Hopkinton Police Det. Glenn Ahern said his was among the departments that took part in Roadcheck 2014, which promoted 72 hours of commercial motor vehicle inspections throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The event was conducted June 3-5 at the Richmond weigh station on Interstate 95 and on Route 146 at the North Smithfield weigh station.

Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of The Department of Public Safety, said other participants included the Rhode Island State Police Commercial Enforcement Unit, along with safety inspectors from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rhode Island office, and police from the towns of Burrillville, Johnston, North Kingstown, and the city of West Warwick. Of the 386 commercial motor vehicles that were inspected, 67 vehicles were taken out of service for major safety defects. Other results included in the report were:

• 18 drivers were placed out of service

• There were 820 vehicle violations

• There were 147 driver violations

• There was 1 arrest

Of the 18 drivers placed out of service, Cpl. John E. Furtado, of the RISP Commercial Enforcement Unit reported that one driver was in possession of an unspecified controlled substance; 13 drivers had service violations; five were driving commercial interstate commerce under the age of 21; two had commercial license violations; one had a suspended license; one was operating without a medical card and had been previously cited; and one had failed to secure the load.

Of the 67 vehicle violations, 25 were for brakes; 13 for load-securing violations; 10 defective steering components; nine frame/suspension violations; nine tire violations; eight inoperative stop lamps; six inoperative rear turn signals, five hazardous material violations; four operating without the required federal operating authority; three operating an unsafe vehicle; two operating an unregistered vehicle; one violation of size/weight regulations and one operating a commercial vehicle in violation of the federal out-of-service order.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, CVSA, sponsors the annual Roadcheck, with participation by state law enforcement agencies, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

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