Every industry has at least one red-circle date on the yearly calendar. In the commercial trucking world, the weekend that plays host to Roadcheck safety inspections has achieved that status.
Since 1988, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with other high-profile trucking industry organizations, uses one weekend in early June to set up random highway inspection checkpoints across North America. Inspectors for the CVSA flag vehicles that are ill-equipped, drivers who lack adequate credentials, and carriers that haven’t demonstrated safe trucking practices.
Roadcheck 2013 is set for June 4-6, and while it’s a weekend that leaves pedestrian vehicle drivers largely unaffected, its results have an intangible impact on anybody who uses highways from Canada to Mexico. During the Roadcheck 2012 weekend:
- Inspectors conducted more than 74,000 commercial vehicle inspections.
- More than 20 percent of all vehicles inspected were flagged with out-of-service orders.
- 4.6 percent of all drivers were flagged as out-of-service.
- The most common vehicle violation was “operating a vehicle without the required operable lamps.”
The Roadcheck program has blossomed into one of the most important commercial vehicle safety inspection events of the year. It’s a hand-on approach to making our highways safer by removing vehicles that are at the highest risk of causing catastrophic crashes and fatalities.
To pull off the event every year, the CVSA teams with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transportation. While the event is highlighted by the thousands of weekend inspections that will occur in early June, it’s actually part of a year-round series of initiatives wherein CVSA inspectors strive for compliance, enforcement and education of safe-trucking practices.
The program, now in its 25th year, is responsible for more than a million vehicle inspections. Estimates indicate that Roadcheck has saved more than 220 lives and avoided more than 4,000 injuries.
Numbers like those are certainly worthy of red-circle status on the annual calendar.
Attorney Michael Leizerman is a staunch supporter of initiatives that make our highways safer. If you or a family member has been injured in a crash involving a commercial vehicle, contact Michael at 800-628-4500.