Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Deputies Focusing On Unsafe Trucks

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is targeting unsafe commercial vehicles during “Operation Road Check.”

Starting Tuesday, deputies will stop commercial vehicles around the clock to inspect tires, brakes and other safety equipment on roads throughout Collier County.

Deputies will aggressively enforce state and federal laws as they relate to the operation of commercial motor vehicles as part of the annual statewide program, which runs through Thursday. Vehicles found to be in violation will be put out of service until the problem is fixed.

Commercial vehicles traveling on Interstate 75 will also be checked to ensure they are secured and don’t exceed weight restrictions.

Since 2004, deputies have conducted more than 2,000 safety inspections of commercial vehicles in Collier.

“The road check gives law enforcement the opportunity to make sure these vehicles are safe to be out on the roads,” said Cpl. Tom Mullen of CCSO’s Safety Traffic Enforcement Bureau. “It also forces the owners of these trucks to keep up with the safety standards.”