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June 21, 2010

Safety problems found on 1,700-plus Texas trucks

More than 1,700 trucks were taken out of service because of safety violations during a three-day Roadcheck 2010 operation conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In all, DPS troopers checked 6,909 commercial vehicles statewide -- and 1,738 were taken out of service because safety violations were discovered that required immediate repairs, officials said.

Also, 160 drivers were placed out of service for violations, including not properly tracking hours, and driving with suspended or expired driver licenses.

Other findings during the June 8-10 Roadcheck:

  • Five tickets for seat belt violations
  • 900 brakes out of adjustment
  • 702 brake system problems
  • 283 tire or wheel issues
  • 322 light malfunctions

-- G. THPseal


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Wow finally the state is taking a hardline on dangerous trucks.

way too many trucks on the road that should not be on the road, keep up the great work DPS


How many were Mexican truckers, with out a TX license? I bet a lot


How about you dont do these stupid checks during rush hour traffic on major highways like 114. Its ridiculous and causes more traffic than it does good for drivers.

I am all about D.O.T. check but do it at times when its not rush hour and in spots where two highways are merging together.


Glad to hear the DPS is checking on these trucks. Maybe doing so every 1-2 months would get and keep off the road trucks that are unsafe and drivers who are not suppose to be driving in Texas. Good Job!!


Not having on a seat belt or a bulb being out, or a paper log to fill out are just not a big deal. Yes, I see trucks frequently that are not up to par. Mexican trucks are generally not the offenders. Most of poorer trucks are rock and gravel haulers and these lead a rough life due to the conditions they have to operate in.

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