MCCD Participating in International Enforcement Effort

June 9, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

 

GEORGIA MOTOR CARRIER OFFICERS PARTICIPATING IN
INTERNATIONAL ENFORCEMENT EFFORT

(ATLANTA) - Motor Carrier Compliance officers from the Georgia Department of Public Safety are teaming with commercial vehicle inspection officers from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico this week for Roadcheck 2011, an annual international effort to promote safety and security on North American highways.  The enforcement event begins Tuesday and continues through Thursday and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, North America's leading commercial vehicle safety enforcement organization.

Major Wayne Beck, Commanding Officer of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division, said MCCD officers will be patrolling throughout the 72-hour period of Roadcheck 2011 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." 

This year, Jack Van Steenburg, Chief Safety Officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be on hand to observe the inspections at the Columbia County Inspection Station on Interstate 20 westbound.  He will be on site Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon.

The operation will also emphasize checking driver logbooks and underscore to drivers the importance of maintaining their logbooks, taking breaks, preventing fatigue, and driving without distractions.  Inspectors will also be checking passenger carrying vehicles in light of recent highly-publicized fatal bus crashes to ensure passenger carriers operate safely.

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.  Major Beck said the number of inspections conducted in Georgia continues to grow each year as the volume of commercial traffic increases.

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