WETHERSFIELD – Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody A. Currey announced today that 2,230 violations were found during Roadcheck 2011, almost 400 more than last year’s comprehensive three-day commercial vehicle safety event.
DMV Commercial Vehicle Safety enforcement officers, along with the State Police, inspected large trucks and buses at weigh stations, the state’s two casinos and at the roadside of major Interstates. This year’s safety campaign was held in Connecticut from June 7-9.
“The results of Roadcheck show that Connecticut is serious and aggressive about truck safety,” DMV Commissioner Currey said. “Truck and bus drivers and their companies were sent a clear message: safety is paramount. And while this year’s event was successful, we know that commercial vehicle safety enforcement must be a year-round effort.”
This year’s event also produced an increase in the number of vehicles and drivers taken off the road due to significant violations compared to last year.
A total of 120 vehicles were taken out of service due to of critical violations of safety regulations and laws, while 103 were found last year. Officials reported some of the major safety issues found were faulty brakes, cracked frames, securing of cargo, lighting, suspension systems and tires.
Also, 59 drivers were taken off the road for various violations, such as a falsified log book; operating in violation of the limit on hours allowed; and driving without a proper license for the type of vehicle being operated. Last year, 44 drivers were taken off the road during the event.
These numbers stem from inspections of 626 vehicles this year compared to 588 last year.
The Connecticut campaign, which is run through the DMV, is part of the nationwide show of force sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and their various state partners across the country.