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Roadcheck Program Looks to Get Unsafe Rigs Off the Road

The Texas Department of Public Safety is part of a nationwide commercial vehicle inspection program going on this week.

The overall Roadcheck initiative will have specially trained troopers and investigators inspecting commercial vehicles for serious equipment violations involving brakes, tires, lights and drivers that aren’t in compliance with state and federal requirements.

“DPS is committed to protecting all travelers on Texas roadways, and Roadcheck 2013 underscores the importance of ensuring commercial vehicles and their drivers are complying with the laws and regulations that help keep our roads safe,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said.

DPS and other Texas agencies inspected more than 8,000 commercial vehicles during last year’s Roadcheck. They found that more than 21 percent of the vehicles had violations serious enough to take them out off the roads for repairs.