Texas DPS Joins in the Roadcheck 2017 Enforcement Effort

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers will join the National Commercial Vehicle Inspection Effort for the annual Roadcheck 2017 enforcement period.

Beginning June 6 and running through June 8, the Roadcheck 2017 program is an annual three-day period of enforcement across North America to increase motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.

DPS Troopers will be on the lookout for commercial vehicles with serious equipment violations and drivers out of compliance with state and federal requirements.

Specially trained Troopers and civilian personnel will inspect commercial vehicles for equipment violations including brakes, tires, lights and loading standards, as well as checking log books and drivers licenses. DPS will also be on the lookout for impaired and distracted passenger vehicle drivers.

During the 2016 Roadcheck, 7,795 commercial vehicles were inspected with 22.5 percent of them having serious violations resulting in those vehicles being placed out of service.

Every year during Roadcheck a certain category of violations are featured. This year, cargo securement will be the main focus.

The DPS would also like to remind drivers to move over for emergency vehicles on the side of the road, or slow down to 20 MPH below the speed limit.

“The Roadcheck program is an integral enforcement effort designed to encourage commercial vehicle compliance and overall highway safety,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By always practicing safe driving practices and proper vehicle maintenance, drivers of both commercial and passenger vehicles can do their part to help save lives and reduce crashes on our roadways.”

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