Dallas police have apparently become fed up with the increase in trucking accidents. Last week, the Dallas police department conducted surprise inspections of tractor trailer rigs in the city. Unfortunately, more than 1/3 of the trucks failed the inspection tests. The failures included a truck with less than 1/2 of its brakes working, a trucker that failed to secure his load, and a trucker that didn’t have a complete log of his driving hours (the number of hours a driver can drive is regulated). These failures aren’t a surprise to one of the drivers. He noted:
“Right now, with fuel costs, everything being so expensive, they might shy away from safety to save a dollar or two,” commented trucker Randy Gillan.
Truck safety is even more of a concern in Austin than Dallas. I-35 is one of the primary routes of trade between the United States and Mexico. As domestic traffic increases, and as more and more Mexican trucks get permission to drive on U.S. highways, the safety concerns will only increase.
Hat tip to Jeffrey Lowe at the Trucking Accident Attorney Blog for the tip to the story.