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DPS inspects commercial vehicles to increase safety

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DPS troopers are inspecting commercial vehicle inspections as part of their annual Roadcheck campaign. 

When you're out on the open road, safety is paramount especially for commercial truck drivers.

As part of Operation Roadcheck, The Texas Department of Public Safety  troopers were out inspecting commercial vehicles for equipment violations to increase safety and security.

"They focus a lot on brakes, and how the air brakes function. Everything from drivers license, to rest, to hydraulic. leaks, fuel leaks, and tires," said DPS Sgt. Ruben San Miguel.  

in a three day period, DPS troopers inspected almost 60 trucks.

In 2017, DPS and other Texas law enforcement agenci.e.s participating in Roadcheck inspected 8,355 commercial vehicles. The inspections found that approximately 23.6 percent of the vehicles had serious violations

Some vehicles had serious violations that required the truck or bus be placed out of service until repairs could be made.

"To be sure they're doing pre-trip inspections, to be sure all their equipment and everything about the driver is in compliance with state and federal law, we make sure to do this every day of the year," said San Miguel. 

DPS is encouraging commercial vehicle compliance and overall highway safety.

"We have a lot of crashes on the roadways that contributed directly to equipment driver error, i.e. not having enough rest, and equipment issues. We want to eliminate all of that together, and that is what we emphasize all year," said San Miguel. 
As Roadcheck begins, DPS is also reminding motorists to slow down or move over for vehicles on the side of the road. By law, drivers in Texas must move out of the lane closest to police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – or drivers must slow down to 20 MPH below the speed limit. DPS encourages Texas motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
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