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2015

Florida Highway Patrol Promotes Commercial Vehicle Safety During International Roadcheck 2015

~ Promoting A Safer Florida ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Highway Patrol is participating in the 28th annual “International Roadcheck,” which promotes safety on roadways by inspecting commercial vehicles and drivers.  The Roadcheck is an annual three-day event that runs today through June 4. Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)-certified inspectors will conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives, targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.  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 from Canada to Mexico.

“Enforcement efforts such as these contribute to the reduction of commercial vehicle related crashes in Florida,” said Lt. Col. Troy Thompson, deputy director of the Florida Highway Patrol.  “Although troopers perform this work day in and day out, International Roadcheck places a special emphasis on commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections aimed at saving lives on Florida roads.”

In 2014, FHP conducted more than 122,808 commercial vehicle inspections placed more than 32,575 vehicles and drivers out of service for critical safety violations.

Vehicle Safety tips for Commercial Vehicle Drivers:

  • Pre-inspect the condition of your vehicle.
  • Check brakes, coupling devices, lighting, securement of cargo, steering, suspension, fuel and exhaust systems, tires, wheels, rims and hubs, and frame, van and open-top trailers.
  • Maximize the vision around your truck with properly adjusted mirrors.
  • Focus on your driving and avoid truck distractions, which include texting or talking on a phone.
  • Maintain a safe following distance.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Buckle up.
  • Obey all traffic laws.
  • Be courteous to other motorists.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: providing A Safer Florida by securely maintaining the records of more than 19 million registered vehicles and over 15 million licensed drivers, as well as providing safe travel along Florida’s highways.  To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.