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Bill Whitfield 573-751-5417

June 05, 2017 09:40 AM
Road Checks Emphasize Cargo Securement
Secure your load each and every trip.

JEFFERSON CITY – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.

This year’s special emphasis is cargo securement. Small and big rigs alike need to pay special attention to securing their loads. “Secure your load as if everyone you love is driving in the car behind you,” said MoDOT Director of Highway Safety Bill Whitfield. “There were over 1,300 crashes in 2016 that involved vehicles hitting an object or obstruction in the roadway. Eight of them were fatal.”

Not only will securing loads save lives by preventing crashes from falling cargo and debris, but it will continue the fight against litter on Missouri’s roadways. MoDOT currently spends $6 million per year picking up trash. The adopt-a-highway members also do another $1 million worth of litter pickup each year.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. Nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico during a 72-hour period.

For more information about International Roadcheck visit http://cvsa.org/program/programs/international-roadcheck/.

For more information on Missouri highway safety visit www.saveMOlives.com, or social media at Save MO Lives.

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