Officers from the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) of the Georgia Department of Public Safety are teaming up with commercial vehicle inspection officers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico this week for Roadcheck 2013, an annual international effort to promote safety and security on North American highways. The 72-hour enforcement event runs through Thursday and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Major Gene Davis, Commanding Officer of MCCD, said that officers will be inspecting commercial vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites along major highways throughout Georgia. "Our goal for this operation is to emphasize both safety and security," he said, "and our officers will not hesitate to issue out of service orders to any commercial vehicle or driver found to be a safety hazard."
The operation this year emphasizes the importance of cargo securement. All drivers should avoid improperly loading cargo on to their commercial vehicles. Any piece of cargo that gets loss in the roadway becomes a danger to other motorists. In addition, a shifting load within a commercial vehicle can cause vehicle instability and can result in the driver losing control.
Although inspectors perform this work on a daily basis, the three-day event places special emphasis on year-round commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections, and other driver safety programs aimed at saving lives on North American highways. Major Davis said, the number of inspections conducted in Georgia continues to grow each year as the volume of commercial traffic increases.
Also, during this period, MCCD officers are performing in-depth safety compliance inspections of passenger carrier vehicles such as limousines, shuttle buses, and motorcoaches as part of their annual “Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan”. Although, recent state and national events have publicized crashes involving passenger carrier vehicles, MCCD routinely implements passenger carrier safety and enforcement strategies as part of its everyday activities.