Roadcheck 2008 under way

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

ennessee Department of Safety is participating in Roadcheck 2008, a 72-hour commercial vehicle roadside inspection sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

The goals of Roadcheck 2008 are to increase commercial truck and bus safety and security and to reduce the number of crashes involving commercial trucks and motor vehicles. The event, which takes place simultaneously across North America, began at midnight, Tues-day and will continue through midnight, Thurs-day.

During the 72-hour period, State Troopers will conduct round-the-clock roadside inspections at all nine weigh stations along Tennessee highways. Troopers will conduct Level I inspections on all trucks stopped with added emphasis on safety belt usage, operating authority, insurance and CDL status checks of commercial vehicle drivers.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the 2007 overall safety belt usage rate for drivers of all medium and heavy duty trucks and buses combined was 65 percent.

The usage rate for Commercial Motor Vehicle other passengers was 57%. Safety belt usage, among drivers and other occupants combined, in units identified as part of a regional or national fleet (67 percent) was observed to be higher than independent owner-operators (56 percent).

"Tennessee routinely conducts a high number of commercial vehicle inspections across the state, including a recent Homeland Security Operation S.T.O.P. at the Greene County Scales on I-81," stressed Department of Safety Commissioner David Mitchell.

"We are pleased to participate once again in the National Roadcheck enforcement program with CVSA to focus attention on the importance of these inspections for the good of public safety."