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Over 1,000 Commercial Vehicles Inspected In Michigan During Roadcheck; Effort aims to increase commercial motor vehicle safety

Contact: Lt. Steven Horwood, MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (810) 733-9388
Agency: State Police

Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers conducted more than 1,100 commercial motor vehicle safety inspections during this year’s Roadcheck international enforcement operation, which took place June 3 – 5. Roadcheck is a joint effort of federal, state and local inspectors from the United States, Canada and Mexico to address safety and security on North American highways.

During the enforcement period, officers focused on driver qualifications and compliance, safety violations, hazardous materials compliance and homeland security issues. In total, MSP motor carrier officers conducted 1,282 traffic stops that resulted in 1,107 commercial vehicle safety inspections and 440 traffic citations during the three-day period. Additionally, one drug possession arrest and seven fugitive arrests were made.

Eighty-two motor carriers were cited for operating overweight, oversize or for spilling cargo onto the roadway. One hundred fourteen citations were issued for serious equipment violations and 24 drivers were cited for hours-of-service violations. These hours-of-service violations may be drivers operating over the maximum allowable hours or for failing to maintain a record of their duty status. Twenty-six citations were issued to motor carriers for regulatory violations such as fuel tax and motor carrier operating authority.

Annual Roadcheck operations are sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. According to CVSA, since its inception in 1988, over one million roadside inspections have been conducted during Roadcheck, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided.