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Operation Airbrake Puts the Brakes on Unsafe Trucks

Written by Ankin Law Office

Operation Airbrake removed approximately 1,146 unsafe commercial trucks from the highways of the United States and Canada in an unannounced safety blitz on May 3, 2017. Inspectors certified by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted checks on more than 9,500 big trucks and buses. According to the CVSA, approximately 12 percent of the commercial trucks inspected were removed from service due to brake violations. An additional 21 percent of the inspected trucks were taken out of service for some other type of violation.

The importance of proper braking systems

Large commercial trucks and trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and need a long distance to stop when traveling at highway speeds. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that a fully loaded tractor-trailer combo traveling at 55 mph on dry pavement needs at least 196 feet to stop. The CVSA’s Operation Airbrake inspection on May 3rd found 8,637 commercial trucks that required anti-lock braking systems (ABS). Nine hundred twenty-five of those had some type of violation related to the ABS. Approximately 15 percent of the trailers inspected also required an ABS.

Operation Airbrake requires cooperation among agencies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration partnered with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators for the unannounced safety inspection blitz. The next Operation Airbrake inspection is scheduled for September 7, 2017, which is designated as Brake Safety Day. The CVSA is made up of local, state, and federal officials in the U.S. and Canada, along with industry representatives. The purpose of the CVSA is to improve commercial truck safety throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Operation Safe Driver Week

October 15-21, 2017 is designated as Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement in every state will be increasing traffic checks and be watching extra closely for unsafe driving behavior of all drivers. During the 2016 Operation Safe Driving Week, approximately 21,000 citations and warnings were issued to commercial and passenger vehicles. Of those, more than 11,000 went to commercial truck drivers. Over half were for unsafe driving. Almost 20 percent were for speeding. Other violations included distracted driving and failing to obey traffic control devices. A truck accident lawyer can advise victims who are injured by the unsafe driving of a trucker of their legal options.