Nearly 20-Percent of Missouri Big Rigs Cited for Safety Issues

Megan Lynch
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - State troopers discover thousands of tractor trailers with major safety violations.

From faulty brakes to falsified driver logs, for every big rig inspected in 2010 the Missouri State Highway Patrol found an average of three violations.  19-percent were serious enough problems to force either the driver or the vehicle out-of-service.

Captain Tim Hull tells KMOX he believes several years of stepped-up enforcement are making a dent in crashes involving commercial vehicles.   Overall incidents dropped by 11-percent between 2008 and 2009.  “Fatal traffic crashes [involving commercial motor vehicles] were much more dramatic, a decrease of 20.5-percent when comparing ’09 to ’08,” says Hull.  (Note: Missouri traffic crash statistics for 2010 are not yet available.)

The total number of violations cited by troopers was virtually unchanged from 2009 to 2010.

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