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Three-day safety blitz removes over 100 vehicles from Saskatchewan roads

A three-day blitz by inspectors from the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol (SHP) and SGI resulted in a significant number of commercial vehicles being removed from the road. Inspectors from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted 332 vehicle checks at the Langham Weigh Scale from May 13-16 as part of the North American Roadcheck initiative. The SHP enforces the provincial Road Safety Act and regulations and targets violations of all motor vehicles operating in the province. Officers check vehicle drivers for driver's license, insurance, fatigue, and drug and alcohol abuse. This resulted in the removal of 103 vehicles due to load security and braking issues. Twelve drivers were removed due to exceeding the hour of service limit, false statements, driver's license endorsements and drug abuse. An additional 81 vehicles were found to have mechanical defects that required immediate repair. During the blitz, 148 trucks/power units and 82 trailers passed inspection and received CVSA stickers, which are applied when no critical violations are found during eligible inspections. International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event where CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and education initiatives on various motor vehicle, vehicle and driver safety aspects. It is the world's largest targeted enforcement program for commercial vehicles, inspecting an average of 15 trucks and coaches per minute over a 73-hour period across North America. Since its inception in 1988, International Roadcheck has conducted more than 1.8 million roadside checks. The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol will participate in additional CVSA campaigns focusing on safe drivers and braking safety later this year.