Last year, more than 100 people lost their lives in bus and truck crashes.  A national program called the Roadcheck Enforcement Program will try to cut down that number.  “The Illinois Department of Transportation’s commercial vehicle safety unit will partner with Illinois State Police for 72 hours of stepped up roadside truck inspections,” says Paris Ervin, a spokeswoman for IDOT.
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Bus and truck drivers can expect to be checked for compliance with regulations, as well as the vehicle inspections.  “Inspectors will be checking on the condition of the vehicles’ brakes, coupling devices, fuel and exhaust systems, frame, van and open top trailers, securement of cargo, steering, suspension and tires, wheels, rims and hubs,” Ervin said.  The National Roadcheck 2013 Enforcement Program continues through Thursday.  One of the locations in Illinois is at the weigh station near Maryville, at milepost 14 on westbound I-55/70.
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