International RoadCheck 2000 will take place for 72 continuous hours at more than 1,000 inspection sites throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition to inspecting trucks and buses at inspection sites along major highways, roving patrols will stop commercial vehicles traveling other highways.
The inspection blitz was first conducted in 1988. Between 1996 and 1999, it was morphed into International Highway Transportation Safety Week, with a broader educational focus and warm and fuzzy activities like free donuts for drivers.
But last fall, new CVSA President Lieutenant Lisa Irwin of the Michigan State Police pledged an all-out effort to reduce truck and bus fatalities through strong enforcement and the use of technology.
In addition, new Executive Director Steve Campbell told truckinginfo.com last May that CVSA "need(s) to be seen as more visible participants and more visible leaders in the whole issue of commercial vehicle enforcement."
Last year, more than 40,000 vehicles were inspected during the safety week. Of those vehicles, 24.7% were placed out of service because of safety violations. And 6.4% of the commercial drivers inspected were found in violation of federal safety regulations.
CVSA is an organization of enforcement and transportation officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States and representatives of the truck and bus industries.