Northern Arizona - As part of Operation Airbrake - Brake Safety Week, Commercial Vehicle Inspectors with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) conducted a special enforcement detail along Interstate 40 on Sept. 13, 2016 at the eastbound Parks Rest Area at milepost 182.
The mandatory inspection involved specially trained troopers examining the brake assembly on all commercial vehicles.
Results from the 2006 U.S. Department of Transportation’s Large Truck Crash Causation study, indicated that brake issues were a factor in 29.4 percent of all commercial vehicle crashes investigated.
On September 13, 2016, 175 commercial vehicles were inspected resulting in:
- 450 commercial vehicle regulation violations
- 130 brake violations
- 19 drivers were placed out of service
- 28 commercial vehicles placed out of service
On September 14, 2016, voluntary inspections took place at the Pilot Truck Stop in Belmont and at the Little America Truck Stop in Flagstaff.
Fourty-four vehicles were inspected.
On the same day, a vehicle safety training session was held at the Arizona Trucking Association in Phoenix. Thirty-five fleet safety managers and technicians attended.
“We are very pleased with the results of our Operation Airbrake – Brake Safety week initiatives, and greatly appreciate the work of our troopers and our partners in the trucking industry in making it such a success. Through their efforts, the positive impact of events, such as this year’s Brake Safety week, will be felt throughout the year,” said Captain Brian Preston of the DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement