DHSMV Conducts Commercial Vehicle Brake Safety Week
~ Brake safety and other outreach and enforcement September 11 – September 17 ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is recognizing Brake Safety Week as part of Operation Air Brake. Operation Air Brake is an ongoing effort by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) dedicated to improving inspection, compliance, maintenance and performance of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) brakes throughout North America.
“Maintaining brake systems of commercial motor vehicles is vital to the safety on Florida’s roadways,” says Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “During Brake Safety Week, FHP Troopers will be conducting enhanced education and enforcement to help drivers and motor carriers understand the importance of maintaining their braking systems. Through these efforts we hope to make our highways safer for our citizens and visitors.”
Violations for out-of-adjustment brakes and brake system issues represent half of all out-of-service violations issued for commercial motor vehicles on Florida’s roads. Brake systems that are improperly installed or poorly maintained can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks or buses, creating a serious safety risk.
During Brake Safety Week, CVSA-certified inspectors increase brake-related inspections and enforcement. In addition, inspectors, brake suppliers and industry partners conduct education activities with drivers and mechanics at truck stops, weigh stations and other locations. Brake Safety Week specifically targets brake adjustment with the goal of reducing the number of crashes caused by faulty braking systems on CMVs through enforcement, education and outreach to drivers, mechanics, motor carriers and others on the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation.