Last year, more than 100 people lost their lives in bus and truck crashes. A national program called the Roadcheck Enforcement Program will try to cut down that number.
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s commercial vehicle safety unit is partnering with Illinois State Police for 72 hours of stepped up roadside truck inspections, according to Paris Ervin, a spokeswoman for IDOT.
Bus and truck drivers can expect to be checked for compliance with regulations, as well as the vehicle inspections.
Ervin says inspectors will be checking on the condition of the vehicles’ brakes, coupling devices, fuel and exhaust systems, frame, van and open top trailers, securement of cargo, steering, suspension and tires, wheels, rims and hubs.
The National Roadcheck 2013 enforcement program continues through Thursday. One of the locations in Illinois is at the weigh station near Maryville, at milepost 14 on westbound I-55/70.