MADISON (WKOW) -- Commercial truck drivers can expect stepped-up safety inspections throughout Wisconsin next week.
The State Patrol's annual Roadcheck program runs June 7-9.
During the Roadcheck period, the State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies throughout North America will intensify their efforts to increase compliance with all commercial motor vehicle driver and equipment regulations and boost the number of commercial operators who buckle up.
"The Wisconsin State Patrol has highly trained commercial motor vehicle inspectors patrolling highways and stationed at our safety and weight enforcement facilities, also known as weigh stations," says Captain Charles Lorentz of the Motor Carrier Enforcement Section. "Their mission is to remove unsafe and fatigued commercial drivers from the road and to ensure that all safety equipment on large trucks and other commercial vehicles is operating properly. During Roadcheck, the State Patrol will fortify its commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement efforts to save lives and reduce injuries by preventing crashes."
Last year, during the 72-hour Roadcheck period, the State Patrol inspected 721 commercial motor vehicles, including cargo tankers transporting hazardous materials, and identified 2,835 safety violations. As the result of the Roadcheck inspections, 207 commercial motor vehicles and 57 drivers were declared out of service.
Last year, large-truck crash fatalities were 27 percent lower than the five-year average. In addition, large-truck crash injuries were nearly 18 percent lower than the five-year average.