Washington State Patrol (WSP) District 8 Commercial Vehicle Division (CVD) Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Officers participated in a 72-hour long international emphasis focused on commercial vehicle safety and security, inspecting more than 151 vehicles in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason and Grays Harbor counties.

The emphasis spanned from June 4 to June 6 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Annual International Roadcheck, an enforcement initiative with participation across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division Trooper Steve Michael performs a Level 1 inspection in Shelton on Friday, June 7, 2019 as part of the 72-hour annual International Roadcheck emphasis.

The International Roadcheck emphasis focuses on a particular violation each year. This year’s focus was steering and suspension systems.

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer I Ignacio Rubi checks a commercial motor vehicle’s tires during a Level 1 inspection in Shelton on Friday, June 7, 2019 as part of the 72-hour annual International Roadcheck emphasis.

Of the 151 vehicles inspected in District 8, 144 underwent Level 1 inspections; a thorough, 37-step process that includes examining the driver’s operating requirements and the vehicle’s mechanics, such as checking brake systems, cargo securement and lighting devices. Drivers operating vehicles which pass a Level 1 inspection are provided a CVSA decal, a visual indicator showing the vehicle passed the inspection. Those that failed were placed out of service, meaning the driver could not operate the vehicle until the mechanical defect or driver qualifications were corrected.

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer I Ignacio Rubi performs a Level 1 inspection in Shelton on Friday, June 7, 2019 as part of the 72-hour annual International Roadcheck emphasis.

District 8 CVD Troopers and CVEOs placed 38 vehicles out of service. No drivers were placed out of service during this year’s emphasis.

For additional information regarding the emphasis, visit www.cvsa.org/program/programs/internationalroadcheck.

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division Trooper James Snow performs a Level 1 inspection in Shelton on Friday, June 7, 2019 as part of the 72-hour annual International Roadcheck emphasis.

District 8 serves Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.