Nearly 20,000 inspections occurred in Safe Driver blitz in October, CVSA says

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        Law enforcement officers conducted 19,480 roadside inspections on commercial drivers and vehicles during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week in October, CVSA announced Jan. 5.

          The total number of inspections dropped from the 24,184 conducted in 2014’s Safe Driver inspection blitz. The top five warnings and citations issued to commercial truck drivers were size and weight, speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, failure to obey a traffic control device and using a handheld phone. In total, 13,807 commercial vehicles were inspected during the week.

         Law enforcement officers handed out 1,243 size and weight citations and 497 warnings, 404 speeding citations and 877 warnings, and 580 seatbelt citations and 112 warnings. In all, 4,062 citations and 3,923 warnings were given to commercial vehicle drivers.

         “Unsafe driving behaviors can result in lives lost. That’s what Operation Safe Driver Week aims to combat through driver enforcement and education,” said CVSA President Maj. Jay Thompson with Arkansas Highway Police. “Our mission is to make our roadways as safe as possible. We will continue to work toward that goal by ensuring drivers are operating safely in and around large trucks and buses.”

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Other statistics from Operation Safe Driver Week for commercial vehicles include:

                    The percentage of stopped CMVs given speeding warnings and         citations increased from 5.8 percent in 2014 to 9.3 percent in 2015.

                    The percentage of warnings and citations for failing to obey traffic control devices increased from 2.5 percent in 2014 to 3.85 percent in 2015.

                     The percentage of CMVs pulled over that were given seatbelt warnings and citations increased to 5 percent in 2015 from 2.8 percent in 2014. 

       “Everyone traveling on our highways and roads should reach their destination safely,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “I thank CVSA and its members for their partnership and commitment to safety. By working together through efforts like Operation Safe Driver, crashes will be prevented and lives will be saved.”

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It has been noted that there are several states that are doing way more inspections on trucks than other states.  An article written in the Overdrive magazine, a magazine geared towards the trucking industry, has published this fact.  The article, Inconsistent enforcement: CSA’s heat index, compares each state and their rate of inspections per lane mile.  The state at the top of that list is Maryland, which has conducted over 32 inspections per lane-mile.  Idaho is at the bottom with only 2 inspections.  Depending on what state and what the inspector is looking for, determines where the state stands on the list.  The state of Ohio is on top for lighting inspections, they have written more citations for lights on each vehicle than any other state.

I feel that it is unfair for some drivers to be inspected every time they cross into a certain state.  If you live and operate in one of the states with a high inspection ranking, you would stand to be inspected everyday.  The second highest ranking state is California, with its weigh stations being very active in inspections.

These and other inspection stations use electronic equipment to detect overheating of tires and brakes.  The use of portable scales can be found on roads that do not have permanent weigh stations an can be moved anywhere.  Most of these type scales are located near companies that haul flatbed, logs, wood chips, and dump trucks because these vehicles have been noted to carry heavier loads than normal.  In some cases, these drivers are weighed and inspected up to 3 times a day.

Granted truck inspections are a good tool to catch those with trucks not up to standards but can be a hindrance to those trying to make a living.  No one is saying get rid of inspections, just make it consistent with every state.  There should be a standard of how many inspections each state should conduct, no more no less.