Truck drivers and commercial vehicle officers from around the state are heading to Tacoma to take part in the 2017 Washington State Inspector’s and Truck Driving Championships.
However, this year will be little different for one Washington State Patrol officer who is looking to do something nobody has done before.
WSP Commercial Vehicle Officer 2 Jonas Mast will be trying to take home first place for the second year in a row. He would be the first CVEO to ever do so.
The event, which will be held at Reddaway in Tacoma on Saturday June 17, is broken up into two parts. An inspection competition held by the Washington State Patrol and a truck driving competition put on by the Washington Trucking Associations.
The inspection portion started on Friday with an extensive written exam. WSP Commercial Vehicle Officers only had 45 minutes to complete a total of 100 questions. After a night’s rest, everyone will meet up at the Reddaway Freight Yard to conduct four different inspections: A double trailer, motor coach, hazardous material load, and a tanker containing hazardous material. During the inspections, Commercial Vehicle Officers will have to find all the violations within a short amount of time (when we say short, we mean just under an hour).
Personnel from the Washington Trucking Associations judge the officers based on their points and time. In return, troopers, commercial vehicle officers, and even some of the WSP command staff will act as judges for the truck driving competition. Awards are given for first, second, and third place for each event.
The idea behind this competition is to build a strong relationship between commercial vehicle officers and trucking companies. CVEO2 Jonas Mast says, “This event brings everyone together. We can continue to develop relationships and partnerships between enforcement and the trucking industry. One industry by itself can make a difference but together we can do more to make Washington roadways the safest in the nation.”
This year’s competition is open to the public and the Washington State Patrol would love for everyone to come see how hard commercial vehicle officers work. We will also be live-streaming parts of the event and giving you a behind the scenes look at the competition. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WaStatePatrol) and Facebook (WashingtonStatePatrol).