In a story by the Daingerfield Bee, the numbers are in: 1,763 trucks and other commercial vehicles went out-of-service after Texas Department of Public Safety inspected them during Roadcheck 2012 in early June.
Not only were trucks put out of service, but truck drivers as well; 243 drivers were charged with driving outside the hours-of-service rules, among other violations, which prescribe a maximum number of consecutive hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel.
The Texas DPS netted 2,600 citations and gave out 23,000 warnings – big numbers, which should cause concern among the general Texas driving public. After all, it’s well known that the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom has contributed mightily to the number of trucks on the road, many of which should probably be inspected more often than they are.
According to the Daingerfield Bee, Texas DPS will also keep going with “Operation Texas Thunder,” which puts the law enforcement focus on problem areas. Let’s hope that includes problem areas like Karnes County.
Source: Road checks lead to 8,000 truck, bus inspections