If you're driving up to the high country this week, expect more police along Interstate 40.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is conducting road checks between Tuesday and Thursday on commercial vehicles.
It's an international effort called Roadcheck 2012 which aims to promote safety and security on North American highways.
During the checks, DPS will inspect vehicles and drivers near Flagstaff all the way west to California.
Officers will emphasize the need to prevent driver fatigue and enforce brake safety regulations.
Brake system violations factor into many commercial bus and truck accidents.
If more and more of these checkpoints were to be enforced on every highway throughout Arizona, there would be a very noticeable drop in unfortunate accidents on the freeways on a daily basis.
In 2010 over 500,000 Large Truck and Commercial Vehicles were involved in accidents; with over 100,000 people sustaining serious injuries, and over 5000 people dying in these crashes. This was compared to only 3200 deaths involving large trucks in 2009, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The number of commercial truck vehicles is on the rise…….
The increase of consumer goods and other products being shipped through America’s interstates means an increase of trucking accidents. By the end of 2012 there will be a 20% increase of trucks on the road to keep up with the demand of shipping across states across America. At this rate, the incidence of trucking accidents will not diminish.
In Arizona, the State Department of Transportation has estimate that as high as 35% of vehicle on the interstate highways are trucks.
Have you driven the highways lately? If so, you are familiar with the aggressive and dangerous behavior of these truck drivers. These are the BIGGEST vehicles on the road, and at times, they seem to have little regard for other motorists. “Might makes right”? Hopefully not.
We applaud the decision by ADOT to screen these vehicles more closely. It can only translate into improved safety on Arizona’s highways.