The 30th annual International Roadcheck inspection emphasis is officially over and the stats are in…

Every year, the Washington State Patrol participates in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) “International Roadcheck” event. The 72-hour emphasis is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. According to CVSA, nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute.

Since the event started 30 years ago, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during the campaigns.

During this year’s event, which took place from June 6-8, 2017, Washington State Patrol troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers inspected a total of 953 commercial vehicles.

Let’s break it down:

There were 953 total inspections
736 were Level 1 inspections
143 were Level 2 inspections
74 were Level 3 inspections

Officers issued a total of 360 Driver violations
44 Out of Service violations were issued
109 Hours of Service/Logbook violations were issued
68 Weight violations were issued

1,654 total vehicle violations were issued
331 Out of Service
660 Brake violations
265 Light violations
91 Load securement violations

Additionally, officers issued 16 Hazardous Material violations and six Out of Service Hazardous Materials violations.

Level 1 inspections were the primary focus of the event. However, they aren’t as easy as they sound. A Level 1 commercial vehicle inspection is a 37-step process that requires examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Officers look for everything from proper licensing to cargo securement. It’s an extensive process and takes an average of 45 minutes to an hour.

“The amount of work our troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers did in these three days is substantial. During this emphasis we placed 44 drivers out of service and 331 out of service for major violations.  We are very proud of the potential lives we saved, during this emphasis, by removing these unsafe drivers and vehicle from our roadway” says Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Lieutenant T. Sharff.

Photos of I-5
Traffic, Seatbelts, HOV Lane Violators, Distracted Driving

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