Monday, September 29, 2008

"Operation Air Brake" Leads To Dozens Of Inspections

Deputies removed nearly two dozen commercial vehicles from Collier County roads during last week’s “Operation Air Brake.”

Deputies conducted random inspections of commercial vehicles equipped with air brakes such as trucks and buses during the weeklong safety campaign.

From Sept. 21 to Sept. 27, deputies inspected 65 commercial motor vehicles across Collier County. A total of 209 air brakes were inspected.

Of the 65 vehicles inspected, 20 were found to have faulty air brakes and were put out of service.

Deputies also inspected brake linings, air hoses, warning lights and audible devices and trailer connection devices. Three vehicles were removed from the road for having faulty equipment other than air brakes.

The inspections are to assure compliance with federal regulations governing the braking equipment on commercial motor vehicles.

The goal of the annual safety campaign is to reduce the number of highway crashes caused by faulty braking systems on commercial vehicles by conducting roadside inspections and educating drivers about the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation.