Georgia Motor Carrier Officers to Join International Enforcement Effort

(ATLANTA)—Motor Carrier Compliance officers from the Georgia Department of Public Safety will join officers from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, June 6-8, for Roadcheck 2006, an annual international effort to promote safety and security on North American highways.  The enforcement event will run from Tuesday through Thursday and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety enforcement organization.

Chief Mark McLeod, Director of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division, said MCCD officers will be patrolling throughout the 72-hour period of Roadcheck 2006 checking commercial vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites along major highways.  “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 found to be a safety hazard.” 

The operation will also encourage commercial vehicle drivers to wear they safety belt.  Chief McLeod said recent studies show only 54 percent of commercial drivers comply with the federal law that requires safety belt use.  

Although inspectors perform this work day in and day out, the three-day operation 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.  Chief McLeod said the number of inspections conducted in Georgia continues to grow each year as the volume of commercial traffic increases.