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Massive commercial vehicle inspection event to take place on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff June 5-7

DPS can help facilitate media coverage of the unique law enforcement operation

Friday, June 01, 2012 -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to invite the media to observe and provide media coverage of Roadcheck 2012, an international law enforcement activity that will take place June 5-7 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Arizona portion of Roadcheck will be conducted on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff.

Roadcheck 2012 will emphasize promoting both safety and security on North American highways through the inspection of commercial vehicles and drivers. Truck and bus safety inspectors will be on the job night and day during the 72-hour period checking vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites along major highways. In addition, roving patrols will inspect vehicles and drivers traveling other highways.

Roadcheck 2012 also will emphasize the importance of brake system maintenance, through enforcement of brake safety regulations, and preventing driver fatigue by checking drivers’ hours of service. Brake system related violations consistently appear atop the list of more serious vehicle related violations—those that result in the vehicle being placed out of service. Although actual percentage estimates vary, it is widely acknowledged that driver fatigue is a factor in many commercial truck and bus crashes. For this reason, Federal regulations limit the number of both consecutive and cumulative hours a commercial driver may operate his or her vehicle without an off-duty rest period. Enforcement of these limits (which are currently under revision by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation) is essential to ensuring compliance and combating driver fatigue.

We hope the media will take the opportunity to view at least a portion of this important safety and security event. Attending media members will see CVSA-trained inspectors checking critical safety elements on the vehicles, as well as determining drivers’ fitness for duty.

If your media outlet plans on attending any portion of Roadcheck 2012, please contact DPS Captain Deston Coleman at 602-568-3448 to tell him when and where you or your representative would like to observe the safety checks. He will make every effort to make your visit worthwhile. Coleman can also provide additional information about this event.

It should be noted that Annual Roadchecks, which began in 1988, are sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety enforcement organization.