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DMV cracks down on commercial trucks during 'Road Check'

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DMV is cracking down on commercial truck drivers. (WFSB) DMV is cracking down on commercial truck drivers. (WFSB)

Connecticut inspectors with the Department of Motor Vehicles spent Tuesday checking commercial trucks.

The inspections were part of a law enforcement blitz called Roadcheck to make sure Connecticut drivers are safe on the roads. The goal of the national campaign is to take unsafe trucks and drivers off the road.

"Roadcheck is an important service the DMV, along with our other safety partners in enforcement, provide to remind truck and bus companies that safety must be their chief priority," DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said in a statement on Tuesday. "Those violating state and federal safety laws and regulations face fines and out-of-service orders to be taken off the road."

Eyewitness News went on patrol with an inspector to get a close look at the problems they find with some of the largest vehicles on the road.

Minutes into the station’s ride with DMV inspector Stafford Browne, he spotted a truck driver, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt. After a lengthy online search of the North Carolina semi-trailer truck, Browne found more than a seat belt violation.

“Hey driver, we got a problem,” Browne said. “Carrier is suspended in this state.”

The truck was taken off the road until the carrier takes care of the suspension. The company received an $11,000 ticket for driving while suspended in the state.   

State inspectors check trucks daily on Connecticut roads. The Roadcheck, which is a yearly, national inspection effort by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as well as other projects, started on Tuesday. Roadcheck continues for the next two days and targets high-crash zones, including areas of Interstates 91, 95 and 84.

The inspectors spent the day looking for a number of items. The about one-hour review includes the following checks:

  • Proper tires.
  • Safely functioning brakes.
  • Systems for securing a load so that it stays in place while being transported.
  • Working lights.
  • Whether a driver has exceeded the number of hours allowed for driving.
  • Whether a driver is fatigued.
  • Properly completed log books.
  • Conformance with height and weight requirements for the vehicle.

Weigh stations are also staffed to "check trucks as they cross the border into Connecticut." 

The Motor Transportation Association of Connecticut said this year, enforcement is focusing on tires. 

"MTAC members should be sure that their trucks, especially tires, are in compliance," MTAC posted on its website. 

To read more from MTAC, click here

On Tuesday morning, inspectors found a brake problem on one tanker. Once again, the company had to take the vehicle off the road for a while.

The driver told Eyewitness News he didn’t know there was any issue, but inspectors said it’s not an excuse.

“It's important that everybody knows that the trucks operate safely we ensure that they do that,” LT. Donald Bridge, with Connecticut DMV, said.

Federal records show Connecticut has one of the lowest rates of deaths involving commercial vehicles in the nation.

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