State troopers crack down on truckers on I-5 and 101

OLYMPIA - Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers participated in a 72-hour long international emphasis focused on commercial vehicle safety and security, inspecting more than 151 vehicles in Mason, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor counties.

The emphasis spanned from June 4 to June 6 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Annual International Roadcheck, an enforcement initiative with participation across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The International Roadcheck emphasis focuses on a particular violation each year. This year’s focus was steering and suspension systems.

Of the 151 vehicles inspected in District 8, 144 trucks and trailers were put through a 37-step process that includes examining the driver’s operating requirements and the vehicle’s mechanics, such as checking brake systems, cargo securement and lighting devices. The 39 vehicles that failed the inspection were placed out of service, meaning the driver could not operate the vehicle until the mechanical defect or driver qualifications were corrected.

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