PUBLISHED: 4:46 PM on Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Roadcheck 2008 campaign underway statewide
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' (DOT&PF) Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division has launched its Roadcheck 2008 safety blitz campaign across the state.

Roadcheck 2008 is a North American-wide commercial vehicle safety activity that began Monday and is scheduled to last through Thursday night. Enforcement officers will be performing a concentrated and coordinated safety inspection and enforcement blitz during this period.

"The 24 hour enforcement activity will have all of our officers participating in this efforts as well as police partners around the state who we have trained," said Dan Breeden, DOT&PF's Division Director for Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

According to Breeden, each participating Roadcheck 2008 state chooses a specific area of special emphasis. He said that Alaska has chosen 'level one', known as the complete vehicle and driver credential examination and this year the national special emphasis is on seatbelts.

"These inspections include checking the validity of a driver's license and that he or she is operating with the appropriately approved medical qualifications, log book compliance, the load is secured, the driver is seatbelt constrained and the vehicle and its load is safe for travel on Alaska's road Breeden stated.

Breeden explained that unsafe vehicles and loads would be placed in an 'Out of Service' condition. The Out-of-Service order can take as little as a few minutes for drivers to correct or it may last indefinitely for safety or medical reasons.

"Normally, Hours of Service out of service orders last eight to 10 hours depending the driver's last rest period, other out-of-service orders depend on the type of violation involved," explained Breeden.

During this enforcement period, every carrier and commercial vehicle driver should expect and be prepared to be stopped and inspected. CVE officers will be performing these inspections following the guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.