Last week, truck and bus safety inspectors across America were on the job night and day for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck. During the three days of Roadcheck, inspectors check vehicles and their drivers at sites along major highways in North America. Other safety teams stay in motion, performing inspections on less traveled roadways.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro kicked off the event in Virginia, thanking our law enforcement partners and reminding those gathered that "We will not tolerate unsafe carriers--whether trucks or buses--that endanger the public."
The strong FMCSA presence did not stop there. In Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Georgia, FMCSA leaders kicking off Roadcheck events echoed Administrator Ferro's message that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has one single mission: To raise the bar for safer trucks, buses, and drivers.
Now, it’s not just the tires, lights and brakes–the driver is also a critical part of Roadcheck. FMCSA studies have shown that drivers play a role in nearly nine out of ten large truck fatal crashes. We know, for example, that driver fatigue is a factor in many commercial vehicle crashes, so drivers will be asked to show their logbooks and demonstrate that they've taken appropriate rest periods. They will also be asked to display their Commercial Driver's License and medical examiner’s certificate.
While Roadcheck lasts only three days, our safety efforts and those of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance continue around the clock. So, to all of the safety inspectors around the country, thanks for your constant vigilance, and keep up the good work.
And to all of the commercial drivers on our roadways, even as we're trying to get the few bad actors off the road, we know that most of you are doing a terrific job of keeping your vehicles and yourselves in top safety condition. We appreciate that and urge you to think safety every time, every trip.