June 3, 2013
For Immediate Release
Special Truck Safety Enforcement Campaign Starts Tuesday
Three-Day Truck, Bus Safety Inspections Part of National “Roadcheck” Program
WETHERSFIELD – The Department of Motor Vehicles and Connecticut State Police beginning this Tuesday (June 4) will launch an aggressive truck safety enforcement campaign targeted at drivers and trucks in violation of state and federal laws.
In Connecticut, DMV Commercial Vehicle Safety Division enforcement officers and State Police will join together for Roadcheck 2013, a 72-hour blitz that aims to raise awareness about the need for truck safety on the nation’s roads and to educate drivers and their companies about safety requirements.
DMV and State Police will target a variety of locations and conduct roving road patrols. Spot checks will be performed on unsafe trucks and motor coaches, and traffic enforcement will be increased on commercial motor vehicles.
“Roadcheck is a timely opportunity to remind truck and bus companies that safety continues to be paramount here in Connecticut,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said. “Violators of these critical safety regulations and laws will have serious consequences such as fines and out-of-service orders.”
DMV and State Police enforcement officers have a lengthy checklist that is reviewed on each vehicle. Each full inspection can take up to an hour to complete. Included in the checks are:
• Proper tires.
• Safely functioning brakes.
• Systems for securing a load.
• Working lights.
• Whether driver is properly licensed and medically qualified.
• Whether a driver has exceeded the number of hours allowed for driving.
• Whether a driver is fatigued.
• Properly completed log books.
• Conformance with size and weight requirements.
Patrols and enforcement of commercial trucks and motor coaches will occur in high-crash zones, including areas of Routes 91, 95, 84, 395 as well as along local roads. DMV and State Police will also staff various weigh stations in the state to checks trucks as the cross the border into Connecticut.
"Ensuring the safety of all motorists on roads and highways across Connecticut is the objective of this targeted enforcement,” said Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. “Commercial vehicles are very necessary in our state and on our roads. They all must be operated legally and their mechanical condition must mirror our state law to achieve our objective."
The Connecticut campaign, which is run through the DMV, is part of the nationwide show of force June 4-6 sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and their various partners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.