Statewide Sweep Finds Big Rigs With Serious Safety Violations

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CLEVELAND — Ohio is conducting a statewide safety sweep on highways, looking for potentially fatal safety violations in big rigs.

When a fully loaded tractor-trailer hits 65 mph, it’ll take 525 feet to stop, unless it has no brakes. That’s one of the violations discovered during Road Check 2009.

Safety inspectors fanned out across Ohio checking big rig trucks.

Violations were found that were so serious some trucks were immediately ordered off the road, reported NewsChannel5′s Ron Regan.

“Nine out of ten brakes on the truck were defective according to the Department of Transportation. All four on the trailer were actually inoperative completely. There was absolutely no breaking action,” said Inspector Tom Bartfai Fuco of one such truck.

Inspections are performed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the state agency responsible for enforcing federal safety regulations.

Last year, inspectors found 147 safety and 32 hazardous material violations. About 30 percent of trucks inspected were taken off the road.
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