The highway dangers that follow the International Roadcheck inspection period every year are now the focus of a new report from KTVT-CBS 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth. I spoke with reporter Joel Thomas about the many truck drivers who decide to take “Roadcheck vacations” every year in order to avoid critical safety inspections conducted by law enforcement agencies in Texas and throughout North America.
As the story notes, trucking companies and truck drivers are given months of notice every year before the Roadcheck inspections begin, which causes many reputable companies and drivers to make sure they are in full compliance with state and federal laws. However, many unscrupulous carriers and big rig pilots decide to stay in the shadows during Roadcheck because they have shoddy trucks or licensing problems. That is why I try to spread the word as far as possible about Roadcheck every year in order to warn everyday motorists who may not be aware that the days after the inspections represent the most dangerous times of the year to be on the highway.
My goal is that stories such as this CBS 11 report and those published recently by The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram (see below) will help prevent at least one truck accident and hopefully many others. Remember to be safe on the highways this weekend!