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MDOT inspecting commercial vehicles in 72-hour roadcheck

MDOT is inspecting commercial vehicles in a 72-hour roadcheck. Source: WLBT MDOT is inspecting commercial vehicles in a 72-hour roadcheck. Source: WLBT
MDOT is inspecting commercial vehicles in a 72-hour roadcheck. Source: WLBT MDOT is inspecting commercial vehicles in a 72-hour roadcheck. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is participating in an international safety initiative.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 72-hour International Roadcheck kicked off on June 4 and inspections were conducted throughout the state.

The CVSA roadcheck also takes place across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

“What our inspectors are looking for are unsafe vehicles on the roadway,” said Willie Huff, director of the Office of Enforcement at MDOT. “We have a 37-point inspection that we do on commercial motor vehicles, including the vehicle and the driver, looking for deficient safety parts, equipment or impaired drivers.”

In 2017, MDOT completed 2,024 inspections and identified 278 vehicles that needed to be placed out of service.

Huff said MDOT identified 39 drivers with violations serious enough to also place them out of service.

“The number one thing on the drivers is the hours of service,” Huff said. “They have gone over their allotted hours of service. They can be tired, under the influence of some drug or some illegal substance. On the vehicle, the breaks being out of adjustment, the air compressor not working, the load inside the trailer is not secured correctly or the lights on the vehicle are not functioning properly.”

MDOT enforcement officers are inspecting commercial vehicles at inspection stations and other locations across the state.

“In past roadchecks we’ve recovered contraband, stolen property, wanted individuals that have had warrants in other states,” Huff said. “There’s a gamut in the trucking industry, the same as there is in any other population.  You’re going to have folks that are trying to cut corners that may not have taken care of a warrant in another state or are trying to make money by hauling some contraband.”

Huff said the roadchecks help ensure all drivers are on safe on the road.

“There’s really not a tie between a car and a 80,000 pound truck,” he said. “Regardless of whether it’s the truck’s fault or car driver’s fault, the truck weighs more than the car and we want to make sure all the safety equipment on that commercial vehicle is operating properly so that vehicle can stop in the amount of time it needs to stop, that the load doesn’t fall off that vehicle in front of our car or cause some other problems on the roadway. So, it’s all about the public’s safety. We want that truck to be as safe as it possibly can while you and I are traveling the roadway.”

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