For three consecutive days, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) law enforcement officers have been performing continuous inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers as a part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 72-hour International Roadcheck. Inspection sites were set up for June 7-9, 2016 to carry out compliance, enforcement and education initiatives that ensure the safety of Mississippi’s highways.
The Roadcheck, which takes place throughout North America, includes several sites in Mississippi. The Roadcheck consists of a 37-step procedure that involves an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers are asked to provide specific documentation and checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. MDOT officers inspect items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, windshield wipers and emergency exits on buses, among other things.
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Last year, MDOT officers inspected 1,523 vehicles as a part of the Roadcheck during which 281 vehicles were placed out of service until repairs were made.
Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1.4 million, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. It also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.