June 01, 2009
MONTPELIER – The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles invites media representatives to observe Road Check 2009, an international safety activity that will take place June 2-4 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
International Road Check 2009 will emphasize promoting both safety and security on North American highways through the inspection of commercial vehicles and drivers. Along Interstate 91 in Guilford and Putney, more than 30 truck and bus safety inspectors from DMV’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, several municipal police agencies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, I.R.S Fuel Compliance and the U.S. Border Patrol will be on the job night and day during the 72-hour period checking vehicles and drivers at inspection sites. In addition, roving patrols will inspect vehicles and drivers traveling on other highways.
Reporters wishing to participate will observe certified inspectors checking critical vehicle safety elements, as well as determining drivers’ fitness for duty.
Road Check 2009 also will emphasize enforcement for commercial vehicle drivers who fail to wear their safety belt. According to recent studies, only about 72 percent of truck drivers heed the federal law that requires them to wear a safety belt to avoid injury or death if there is a crash.
Although inspectors perform this work everyday, Road Check 2009 will place a special emphasis on year-round commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections, as well as other driver safety programs aimed at saving lives on North American highways.
More than 3 million roadside safety inspections are conducted each year by specially trained inspectors. The number of inspections is growing each year as the volume of commercial traffic increases.
For more information, or if you would like to attend any portion of Road Check 2009, please contact DMV Enforcement and Safety Captain William “Jake” Elovirta to make arrangements for you or your representative to observe a safety check in your area.
Capt. William “Jake” Elovirta (802) 233-3784 cell Verizon
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (802) 793-9119 cell Nextel
Enforcement & Safety Division (802) 250-2934 pager
120 State Street, Rm 301E (802) 828-2078 main office
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
Source: Agency of Transportation
Last Updated at: June 01, 2009 16:23:26