Wisconsin State Patrol to conduct enhanced enforcement of commercial trucks and drivers during International Roadcheck June 5 - 7

Release date: May 31, 2018

As part of the International Roadcheck initiative June 5 – 7, the Wisconsin State Patrol will join law enforcement officials across North America to conduct enhanced inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Certified inspectors will primarily conduct Level 1 inspections – a 37-step process that examines a vehicle’s mechanical condition and driver operating requirements. 

“While Roadcheck is an annual 72-hour event, inspectors with the Wisconsin State Patrol work year-round to help ensure the safety of commercial motor vehicles, CMV drivers and all motorists,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Brian Ausloos. “Along with checking a commercial vehicle’s mechanical equipment such as tires, brakes and lights, we make sure loads are properly secured, look at drivers’ logbooks and credentials to ensure they’re operating legally and safely.”

During last year’s three-day International Roadcheck, the Wisconsin State Patrol conducted 1,119 CMV inspections and recorded 3,544 safety violations. As a result, 294 vehicles and 59 drivers were ordered out of service until the violations were properly addressed. In over 40 percent of the inspections, no significant violations were noted.
To enhance efficiency for both inspectors and the commercial truck industry, the Wisconsin State Patrol continues to implement newer technologies at many of its 13 Safety and Weight Enforcement Facilities (SWEFs). This includes automatic vehicle identification systems that allow pre-screened CMVs to bypass a SWEF. Weigh-in-motion scales measure a truck’s weight as it’s moving. Trucks identified as potentially overweight are directed to the SWEF’s static scales. Last year, the Wisconsin State Patrol weighed over 2.6 million commercial motor vehicles and completed over 37,000 CMV inspections. A WisDOT You Tube video highlights the work of State Patrol inspectors.

Each Roadcheck initiative typically involves a special emphasis area. This year’s focus is on drivers’ hours-of-service compliance. In addition, Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed Tuesday, June 6th as “Secure Your Vehicle and Cargo Day” in Wisconsin to emphasize the importance of safely securing items being transported in a trailer or as part of a vehicle’s load.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov