The Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance
Division (MCCD) took part in a national campaign aimed at bringing attention
to brake safety.
Last week, the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier
Compliance Division (MCCD) participated in Brake Safety Week. The event
took place September 9-14, 2013. The biannual campaign is spearheaded
by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which is a non-profit
organization consisting of federal, territorial, provincial, state, and
local officials from the motor carrier safety industry as well as, industry
representatives from across North America.
MCCD ramped up inspection of truck and bus brake systems at sites along
major highways throughout the State
During this week, MCCD partnered with
commercial vehicle inspection officers throughout the country in order to encourage truck
and bus brake safety. To this end MCCD conducted an enforcement and outreach
campaign. According to Major Gene Davis of MCCD, Brake Safety Week brings
awareness to both safety and security issues related to brake operation.
Throughout the week, commercial vehicle inspection officers performed
inspections at various locations along the major highways in Georgia.
The commercial vehicle inspection officers issued service orders where
they determined a commercial vehicle or a driver posed a safety hazard.
Brake safety initiatives are part of MCCD’s daily activities, but
this week provides an opportunity to place special attention on the issue.
Major Davis emphasized that MCCD’s has brake safety enforcement strategies
that it implements on a daily basis. He explained that the purpose of
Brake Safety Week is to place a special emphasis on how commercial vehicle
inspections as well as, driver safety inspections that are conducted throughout
the year save lives. However, it is not the only time of the year which
MCCD places attention on this important issue.
Brake system malfunctions are particularly fatal in motor vehicle accidents
involving commercial trucks
Every year, there are approximately 5,000 fatal trucking accidents across
the country. In addition, nearly 130,000 injuries are attributed to trucking
accidents every year. About 70 percent of these accidents occur in rural
areas such as Southwest Georgia. Trucking accidents often cause more serve
injuries and are more likely to result in fatalities than motor vehicle
accidents involving passenger vehicles due to their size and weight. Break
failure is one of leading causes of motor vehicle accidents involving
commercial trucks. This is why it is so important for commercial trucks
to have fully functioning brake systems while they are traveling on roadways.
The end of Brake Safety Week marks the start of U.S. Truck Driver Appreciation Week
This week, September 15-21, 2013, marks U.S. Truck Driver Appreciation
Week. This event provides an opportunity to shed light on the more than
truck drivers who work to securely delivery fright throughout the country on a daily
basis. According to the American Trucking Association, commercial truck
drivers log about 398 billion miles annually.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, or if
your loved one have been killed in an automobile accident, you should
contact an attorneyimmediately.