Texas DPS Announces "Roadcheck 2006" Results

During Roadcheck 2006, which ran from June 6 through June 8, DPS troopers inspected 10.1 percent more commercial vehicles than last year and put 9 percent more drivers out of service.

During the three-day campaign, 6,124 commercial vehicles were inspected, compared to 5,560 last year. This year's inspections found that 1,461 of the vehicles and 218 of the drivers had serious enough safety violations to be removed from service. Last year, 1,518 vehicles and 200 drivers were placed out of service.

Inspectors placed 177 drivers out of service for hours-of-service violations. Other violations ranged from false log violations to suspended, expired and cancelled licenses and having the improper endorsement. One driver was placed out-of-service for being intoxicated. Vehicle out-of-service violations included 962 trucks that need a brake adjustment, 966 that had brake system problems, 262 for tires or wheel problems and 421 for light malfunctions.

DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers, along with Highway Patrol troopers and other inspectors who have received specialized training in commercial vehicle inspection, stopped commercial vehicles to inspect safety equipment and check driver licenses, endorsements and log books. Troopers also looked for possible drug or alcohol use.

The annual Roadcheck program, which stretches from Mexico to Canada, is designed to reduce commercial vehicle highway fatalities through increased vehicle safety. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which sponsors Roadcheck, reports a significant decrease in the commercial vehicle crash rate in North America since the program's start in 1988.

Vehicles passing inspection received a CVSA decal exempting the vehicle from inspection for a 90-day period, unless they have an obvious safety defect. Troopers issued 2,961 decals during Roadcheck 2006.

Posted By: Brad Conaway, 10pm Producer, bconaway@kltv.com