Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol joined approximately 10,000 local, state, provincial and federal inspectors from the United States, Canada and Mexico to participate in Roadcheck, the largest targeted commercial motor vehicle enforcement program in the world. The three-day enforcement, held June 4-6, is an annual program that involves members of the NDHP’s motor carrier division.
“The NDHP is committed to improving traffic safety for all North Dakota motorists,” said Col. James Prochniak. “This year, we took an agency-wide approach to the program, involving as many troopers and inspectors as possible.”
Last year, approximately 15 to 20 motor carrier troopers and inspectors were involved in Roadcheck, performing CMV safety inspections at one centralized location. This year, 60 members of the NDHP participated. Teams of inspectors were stationed at inspection sites in nearly a dozen locations across the state, including western North Dakota. The NDHP was joined by inspectors from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
A total of 690 inspections were completed by the NDHP during Roadcheck 2013, compared to 339 inspections last year. The inspections resulted in a total of 508 violations, including 112 driver, 380 vehicle and 16 hazardous materials violations. Nearly 20 percent of the inspections revealed vehicle size and/or weight violations. Critical safety violations require the driver or equipment to be placed out of service. Out-of-service violation rates increased from 14.1 percent in 2012 to 14.6 percent this year.