From June 6 to 8, approximately 10,000 specially trained and certified officers will conduct vehicle safety inspections throughout North America. Called Roadcheck 2006, federal, state, provincial and local officers will be conducting North American Standard Inspections around the clock for 72 hours. These inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure that includes items related to vehicle, driver and cargo safety. Officers also will be giving drivers educational materials on various aspects of commercial vehicle, driver and hazardous materials safety. As has been the case the last few years, Roadcheck 2006 will also focus on enforcement and education of safety belt use among commercial drivers. Although the latest FMCSA statistics indicate an increase in use from 48 to 54 percent, this number is still far too low, according to Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), sponsors of the event. In comparison, the use rate among automobile drivers is 82 percent. During Roadcheck 2005, 1,150 safety belt violations were documented during the three-day event, versus 755 in 2004. In all of 2005, 57,510 safety belt violations were recorded against commercial drivers. "Roadcheck is an important reminder of the critical role these officers play every day in the health and well-being of everyone who travels the highways," said "Lives are being saved because roadside inspections conducted by CVSA-certified inspectors take place every day throughout North America. “The inspections conducted over the 3-day event in 2005 (61,278) resulted in 15 lives saved and 266 injuries avoided," said Stephen Campbell, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). From 2001 to 2003, roadside inspection and traffic enforcement activities on trucks and buses conducted by these certified officers saved 2,241 lives and helped to avoid 37,424 injuries and 49,126 crashes, according to a press release from CVSA.
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