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WSP drives for truck safety

first_imgUnderneath a Peterbilt tractor-trailer, Officer Corey Turner marked the big rig’s brakes to make sure they were up to code. When Jim Bowers would press the brakes, Turner explained, he’d be able to tell if they were working based on where the marks landed.Shaking his head, Turner said, “One of the trucks we had yesterday, two of the back brakes weren’t even working.”The Washington State Patrol on Thursday wrapped up its annual three-day, round-the-clock emphasis focused on safety problems. During the crackdown, known as Roadcheck 2011, WSP’s commercial vehicle enforcement officers, called CVEOs, analyzed brakes and lug nuts, made sure drivers weren’t too fatigued to be on the road and scanned logbooks to make sure everything about the trucks was humming properly. Bowers’ truck received top marks.“He got one of the best safety ratings I’ve seen in a long time,” Turner said. “He got a one (on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being the best).”“I was a mechanic for 17 years,” Bowers, who was hauling logs from Molalla, Ore., to Longview, explained of his top-shape truck.Turner is one of 15 CVEOs working the Port of Entry truck scale house north of Ridgefield. There are five ports of entry in Washington, all participating in the 72-hour safety push occurring nationwide and in Canada and Mexico. The effort is backed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.Trucks driving into the station off northbound Interstate 5 are randomly directed to pull off for an inspection. Turner and other inspectors then evaluate the condition of the truck to see whether it passes the “eye test.” They also make sure drivers are wearing seat belts and that they look alert.last_img read more

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