State Patrol joins In ‘Brake Safety Week’

To help prevent large-truck crashes, the Wisconsin State Patrol is participating in the annual “Brake Safety Week” sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) through Saturday, Sept. 17.

During Brake Safety Week, State Patrol inspectors throughout Wisconsin will intensify their efforts to identify faulty braking systems on large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles. State Patrol inspectors also will educate drivers, mechanics and commercial motor vehicle companies about the importance of routinely checking and properly maintaining the brakes on their vehicles.

According to CVSA, out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations make up approximately half of all out-of-service violations, which require that vehicles stay off the road until the problems are corrected.

“Even in ideal conditions, the braking distance for commercial motor vehicles is twice as far as that for most cars,” says State Patrol Captain Brian Ausloos. “Poorly adjusted or defective brakes increase the risk to the occupants of the commercial motor vehicle as well as all other motorists on the road.”

During last year’s Brake Safety Week, the State Patrol conducted 691 inspections that found 2,266 safety violations. A total of 136 vehicles and 41 drivers were placed out of service.

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