Alabama DPS to operate two Roadcheck 2014 inspection locations
Friday, May 30, 2014
Posted by: Ford Boswell
Alabama Dept. of Public Safety officials have announced that they will participate in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual 72-hour safety blitz Roadcheck 2014, set for June 3-5.
DPS’ Motor Carrier Safety Unit Commander Capt. Tim Pullin says his troopers will be stationed at the Rocket Welcome Center on I-65 in Limestone County. Inspection shifts will start at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3rd and will continue until 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 5th. The first shift will work 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a second shift will start at 2 p.m. and work until 10 p.m. Sgt. Smith will be the detail leader at this location.
There will also be a smaller operation working inspections at the I-85 southbound rest area in Macon County. This location will operate all three days between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cpl. Simmons will be the detail leader for this area.
ATA Safety and Maintenance Management Council (SMMC) members are invited and encouraged to attend at any time during the inspections blitz. If you plan to attend, please let us know so we can alert DPS of your plans. Call or email Brandie Norcross at 334-834-3983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).
Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period. This year’s focus is hazardous materials.
CVSA provides a Roadcheck checklist for drivers. Included in it are tips such as:
- Buckle up
- Pre-inspect the condition of your vehicle and check for load securement issues
- Check your brakes
- Inspect coupling devices.
- Ensure all required lamps are the proper color and operational
- Check for loose fuel tank mountings, leaks, etc.
- Look over your tires and check for proper inflation, cuts, bulges, etc.
A full checklist is available here.
Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform truck and bus inspections. For more information visit cvsa.org.