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Truck Safety Inspections Take 66 Drivers, 146 Vehicles Off The Road

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File photo,  truck inspection (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

File photo, truck inspection (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

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This year’s three-day truck safety enforcement campaign, Roadcheck 2013, resulted in about 14 percent more violations than last year’s event, according to statistics released Monday by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  And 30 percent more vehicles were taken off the road.

In all,  inspectors checking large trucks, buses and their drivers along the interstates, at highway weigh stations, and at the two casinos found 2,140 violations —  including 146 which were serious enough to order the vehicle out of service.  Last year 112 were removed from service.

Major safety issues found  during the inspections June 4-6 were faulty brakes, cracked frames, securing of cargo, lighting, suspension systems and tires.

A total of 66 drivers were taken off the road for violations ranging from driving without a proper license for the vehicle type,  falsified log books, or too many hours on the road.

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