Roadcheck 2013

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It’s always interesting to watch FedEx Field Stadium in Landover MD – home of the Washington Redskins NFL team – get turned into what has to be one of the largest temporary commercial vehicle inspection stations in the U.S.

That’s what’s happening this week as part of the 26thannual “Roadcheck” 72-hour inspection blitz as  over 10,000 federal, state, provincial and local inspectors working at 1,500 locations across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico conduct North American Standard Level I Inspections on trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and motorcoaches.

The FedEx Field site – overseen by the Maryland State Police with the assistance of LOTS of other federal, state, and local agencies – is set up to process about 500 vehicles a day from sunup to sundown, with no pause in the inspection action planned between the June 4-6 Roadcheck dates.

[To view more photos of the Roadcheck activity at FedEx Field, click here.]

Major Mark Savage of the Colorado State Police and president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) that sponsors Roadcheck, along with Capt. Norman “Bill” Dofflemyer, Division Commander for the Maryland State Police, outlined some of the philosophies and tactics guiding this massive 72-hour inspection blitz effort below:

Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), also made an appearance at the Roadcheck “kickoff event” at FedEx Field to talk about how inspection personnel are also using the event to help continue spreading the word about impending reforms to hours of service (HOS) rules due to take effect July 1:

CVSA taps into the inspection data gleaned from this event and filed with state, provincial and federal jurisdiction systems, comparing the inspector’s findings with past results to help identify trends and to measure program effectiveness. It will be interesting to see what – if any – safety trends are uncovered this year. 

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