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Avon Police Officer Sue Kassey is the only one on the police force certified to perform commercial vehicle inspections. (WFSB) Avon Police Officer Sue Kassey is the only one on the police force certified to perform commercial vehicle inspections. (WFSB)
AVON, CT (WFSB) -

When the Avon Mountain crash happened 10 years ago, an officer was inspired to make the roads even safer.

Avon Police Officer Sue Kassey is the only one on the police force certified to perform commercial vehicle inspections.

Kassey began inspecting trucks in the months following the Avon Mountain crash, motivated to save lives.

Since then, she said one out of every two commercial vehicles she pulls over needs to be put out of service.

On Wednesday, she was inspecting commercial vehicles and was two for two in just two hours.

First, was a construction vehicle which had a number of violations including an inoperable breakaway system on the trailer.

Next was a landscaping truck.

Kassey said there were a number of issues, including bald tires, but most alarming was the parking break didn’t work.

"God forbid he lost his brakes. Any experienced driver is going to go for the parking brake which did not work. By the time he figured out what to do next like downshift...it would be too late. He would be into someone and crash,” Kassey said.

Both trucks inspected on Wednesday were taken out of service.

"Keeping everybody safe. Wanting them to get home at night to their loved ones. That's what drives me,” Kassey said.

Kassey was the first municipal officer in the state to become certified in truck inspections.

Since 2006, Kassey has issued hundreds of tickets and taken more than 1,000 trucks off the road.

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