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DPS On The Lookout for Unsafe Trucks

An intense inspection effort is underway on the state’s highways as the Texas Department of Public Safety revives an aggressive program to improve commercial truck safety. Roadcheck 2005 started on Tuesday and runs through Thursday at midnight. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers are on the lookout for unsafe trucks. “It’s a program that inspects commercial vehicles […]

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An intense inspection effort is underway on the state’s highways as the Texas Department of Public Safety revives an aggressive program to improve commercial truck safety.

Roadcheck 2005 started on Tuesday and runs through Thursday at midnight. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers are on the lookout for unsafe trucks. “It’s a program that inspects commercial vehicles to make sure that they have all the proper safety equipment, all the proper endorsements, that the drivers are keeping their logbooks the way they are supposed to be kept. It’s just another way of showing the motoring public that law enforcement and truckers are very concerned about safety,” says the DPS’s Tela Mange.

Last year during the Roadcheck program, DPS troopers inspected almost 4000 commercial trucks, resulting in the removal of 157 drivers and over a thousand vehicles from service. Mange says there is an upside to being stopped and inspected. She says drivers who pass inspections are exempt from future inspections for the next 90 days.

Roadcheck is underway across the nation and in Canada and Mexico. It was started 17 years ago and has been credited with helping cut the commercial vehicle fatality rate in North America.

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Jack is back in Houston after some time away working in public radio and television in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before leaving for the Midwest, he worked in various roles at Houston Public Media from 2000-2016, including reporting, hosting and anchoring. Jack has also worked in commercial news radio in Houston, Austin...

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