A joint effort between the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Illinois State Police, and the department of Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement was announced recently that aims to increase the safety of roadways in all three states through the increased enforcement of the traffic laws that apply to commercial vehicles. Together, these three law enforcement agencies will increase the number of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Inspections conducted across Missouri, Illinois and Iowa during the month of April with the goal of getting unsafe vehicles that do not meet federal highway regulations off the roadways in hopes of decreasing the number of accidents caused by commercial vehicles. Law enforcement agents will be paying particular attention to whether the weight and safety features of commercial vehicles comply with state and national traffic laws. State troopers patrolmen, and other law enforcement officials will also be giving extra scrutiny to the commercial drivers themselves, working to ensure those operating the commercial vehicles have been maintaining the proper maintenance and travel logs and are licensed to operate the vehicle in question. Commercial vehicle safety is key to reducing the risk of road collisions because these heavier vehicles require a larger stopping distance than smaller vehicles.
As a car accident attorney in Burlingame, I am hopeful that this effort and others like it are successful in making the roads safer for all motorists and pedestrians. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving any sort of vehicle, please consider contacting a Burlingame personal injury lawyer.