DMV: VIDEO: Special Truck Safety Enforcement Campaign Starts June 2
June 2, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Special Truck Safety Enforcement Campaign Starts Today 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 2) 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 2015, 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 an important reminder to truck and bus companies that safety continues to be the top priority in Connecticut,” DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr. said. “Those who violate 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.
“While commercial vehicles are very necessary in our state and on our roadways, it is imperative that they operate in a legal and safe manner at all times,” said Sgt. Shane Hassett of the Connecticut State Police. “The mechanical condition of these vehicles must be optimal and conform to our existing laws and the drivers must ensure that they operate their vehicles without undue distraction so as to maintain the safety of themselves and all motorists on the roads and highways across Connecticut. All violators who choose to ignore the critical safety regulations and laws during this 72-hour enforcement period will face stiff fines and penalties.”
The Connecticut campaign, which is run through the DMV, is part of the nationwide show of force June 2-4 sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and their various partners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.