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International Roadcheck looks to keep roads safe

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that 3.4 percent of drivers given a Level I inspection were taken out of service during the 2016 International Roadcheck 72-hour inspection event that took place between June 7 and June 9. This was according to data released on Oct. 20 by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. In addition 21.5 percent of trucks inspected during the event were put out of service. Brake violations were the most common reason for trucks to be put out of service.

Violations related to tires and wheels were the second-leading cause of an out of service order with violations related to lighting devices coming in third. Hours of service and incorrect log books led to 908 drivers being put out of service. There were 42,236 North American Standard Level I inspections out of the 62,796 total during the event.

According to the non-profit organization, the number of both types of inspections were lower compared to 2015, and the percentage of both drivers and trucks taken out of service were at record lows for the event. In 2015, 3.6 percent of drivers who underwent Level I inspections were taken out of service while 21.6 percent of vehicles given a Level I inspection were taken out of service.

The purpose of federal trucking regulations is in part to cut down on the number and severity of truck collisions, which can cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles. If it can be determined that an accident was the result of a driver exceeding the hours of service limit and nodding off at the wheel, for example, an attorney could assist an injured victim in pursuing a lawsuit seeking compensation from the driver and the trucking company itself.

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