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Citations drop in latest Roadcheck
Thursday, 02 July 2009 00:00

Roadcheck 2009’s record total of overall inspections showed significant declines in vehicle and driver out-of-service rates, as well as a significant drop in safety belt violations, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world. This yearapproximately 17 trucks or buses were inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during the 72-hour period from June 2-4. This year 9,700 CVSA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-certified inspectors at 2,148 locations across North America performed a record 72,782 truck and bus inspections.

Data show the highest overall vehicle compliance rate—80.4 percent—since 1996, and the highest overall driver compliance rate—95.7 percent—ever. For North American Standard Level I inspections, the compliance rates of 77.8 percent (vehicles) and 96.1 percent (drivers) were both records for Roadcheck. In addition, safety belt violations were reduced by 276 (1,246 to 970), a 22.2 percent improvement over last year.

“The commercial motor vehicle industry is proving the old adage that it pays to be safe,” said DarrenChristle, CVSA’s president. “If you look at the data it clearly shows when carriers prepare for safety they will benefit not only by avoiding fines but by saving lives. It can be said that Roadcheck 2009 saved 17 lives and helped to avoid 307 injuries. Over the course of an entire year that equals 2,068 lives saved and 37,352 injuries avoided.”

CVSA sponsors Roadcheck each year with the FMCSA, Canadian Council of Motor Transport
Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

eTrucker.com, 7/2/2009