Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Idaho State Police Seek to Reduce Commercial Vehicle Crashes by Participating in Roadcheck 2014

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer

Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 6/03/14 at 2:40 p.m.

The Idaho State Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Section will be joining other agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and participating in the 27th annual Roadcheck Program beginning today, June 3 through June 5th.

Roadcheck, now in its 27th year, is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and 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 during a 72-hour period in early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in every jurisdiction across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1 million, resulting in more than 301 lives saved and 5,530 injuries avoided. It also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.

ISP's Commercial Vehicle Safety Section's mission is to improve the safety for all drivers on Idaho roadways. During the next three days troopers in Idaho will be inspecting commercial vehicles and drivers all across the state. They will focus on unsafe vehicles, vehicle equipment and drivers that can cause dangerous conditions on roadways.

"In 2013, over 30 people were killed in crashes involving commercial vehicles in Idaho. Even one fatality is too many." says ISP's Commercial Vehicle Safety Captain Bill Reese. "Our goal in participating in events like Roadcheck is to continue reducing the number of crashes and keeping Idaho's roads safe."

For more information visit our website at http://www.isp.idaho.gov/cvs/index.html or the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's website at http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.php.