New Hampshire Inspection Blitz Nets 1,205 Violations, 215 OOS
Concord, New Hampshire – The New Hampshire Department of Safety (NHDPS) has released its results from this week’s International Roadcheck safety inspection blitz sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
During the 72-hour event, Troopers inspected a total of 528 commercial motor vehicles.
NHDPS said in a release that Troopers discovered 1,205 violations, of which 215 resulted in the vehicle or its driver being placed out-of-service (OOS).
In total, 106 vehicles were placed OOS for critical safety violations, while 30 drivers were placed OOS for violations including possessing drugs, operating after suspension, violating restrictions of driving hours, and not holding the proper class of driver’s license.
Troopers issued 84 citations and made one arrest as a result of commercial motor vehicle inspections.
NHDPS reported no fatal motor vehicles crashes involving commercial motor vehicles during this period.
Inspections throughout the state were conducted by members of New Hampshire State Police – Troop G.
NHDPS called inspectors “highly skilled,” and said this group of individuals “have received specialized training to conduct roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles.”
NHDPS Detailed Some Examples
Investigators gave specific examples of some of their findings.
For instance, in Windham, Trooper First Class Derek Holston stopped a 2002 Ford box truck.
The vehicle was found to have numerous defects, including a broken leaf spring in the suspension that was supported by 4-inch by 4-inch lumber that was secured to the vehicle with electrical cords and zip ties, according to NHDPS.
The lumber was making contact with the vehicle’s tire, which was flat.
Also during the inspection, TFC Holston observed inoperative turn signals, an inoperative parking brake, rotted sections of the frame, and 10 of the 14 cross member supports for the cargo box were defective or missing.
During a separate stop in Windham, officials said TFC Holston inspected a 2014 Isuzu box truck.
During that inspection, TFC Holston located prohibited drugs in the vehicle and ultimately arrested the driver on an outstanding arrest warrant.
Also in Windham, Staff Sergeant William Burke stopped a 2000 Mack tractor-trailer combination.
During the inspection Staff Sergeant Burke discovered that pitman arm, which connects the steering box to other steering components, was making contact with the left front tire when the steering wheel was turned to the right.
Additionally, NHDPS said he found three brakes that were not adjusted correctly, rust holes in the cross member supports of the trailer, and the roll off container was not properly secured to the trailer.
More examples… in Rochester, Trooper David Skelly stopped a 2002 International truck and found brakes that were contaminated with oil from a leaking wheel hub.
Additionally, he found that that a castle nut connecting steering components was missing a cotter pin and had been replaced with a bent nail.
In Hooksett, Trooper Kevin Raymond stopped a 1990 International truck that had numerous violations.
During the course of the inspection Trooper Raymond observed that the brake pads were so worn that the brakes were smoking.
Also during the course of the inspection, Trooper Raymond found three of the four brakes were out of adjustment, the pitman arm was loose and not securely attached to the steering box, as well as multiple broken leaf springs on the steering axle.
In Sullivan, Sergeant Thomas Coty was alerted to an oversized load traveling through a prohibited construction zone by Troopers from New Hampshire State Police – Troop C.
The driver failed to follow the route designated on their oversized load permit, which led to a traffic backup while the vehicle was turned around.
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(Image courtesy of CVSA)