The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection blitz kicked off Tuesday across North America.
Overdrive spent some time with the Mississippi Department of Transportation at the westbound Kewanee weigh station on I-20/59 as Roadcheck 2016 kicked off Tuesday morning.
Capt. Matthew Lott, who supervises the Kewanee station, said MDOT will inspect more trucks during the three days of Roadcheck than during a normal week. But the outfit generally sees fewer violations in the week, Lott says, as carriers and drivers prepare for the inspection blitz. Lott added the weigh station adjusted its PrePass and Drivewyze weigh station bypass systems to require 100 percent of trucks to come into the scales during the three days of Roadcheck, so more trucks could be seen and inspected if necessary.
“Roadcheck does what it’s supposed to do,” Lott said. “The companies prepare for it to avoid violations, which makes the roads safer.”
Overdrive‘s time with MDOT is detailed in the photos below: