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Roadcheck Event Spotlights Commercial Vehicle Safety

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol and the Montana Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Services Division will take part in the 17th annual Roadcheck June 8-10. During the three-day international event, inspectors trained by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will check critical safety elements on commercial vehicles and evaluate drivers’ fitness.

MHP Section Chief Curt Rissmann said while there will be checks around the state, the main Montana Roadcheck event will be on the east side of Bozeman Pass on Interstate 90, around mile marker 326.

“Although our inspectors do these types of checks every day, Roadcheck is a chance to place a special emphasis on inspections and other driver safety programs,” Rissmann said. “Throughout North America, trained inspectors do more than 3 million inspections a year.”

Rissmann estimated that investigators checked about 200 vehicles over three days last year. According to the CVSA, more than 59,000 inspections were done during the 2003 Roadcheck.

Roadcheck inspectors will also distribute educational information to commercial vehicle drivers. This year, drivers will receive a reminder on the importance of wearing safety belts. Rissmann said only about 48 percent of truck drivers obey the federal law requiring them to wear a safety belt.

Other information will cover commercial vehicle security and cargo tank inspections.

Members of the media interested in covering a Roadcheck inspection or a commercial vehicle inspection at any state site are asked to contact Rissmann at 444-3300.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance web address is www.cvsa.org

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