Ga. officers conducting commercial vehicle brake inspections

ATLANTA — Authorities with Georgia Department of Public Safety's Motor Carrier Compliance Division and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit are conducting concentrated inspections of commercial vehicles this week as part of a nationwide effort to spot vehicles with faulty brakes.

Brake Safety Week ends Saturday.

“The objective of the week is to help commercial drivers and mechanics understand the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation,” Chief Mark McLeod, commander of the Motor Carrier Compliance Unit, said.

The effort in Georgia is a combination of enforcement and education.

“Nationally, brakes comprise the largest percentage of Out-of-Service Violations cited during commercial vehicle inspections,” McLeod said. “Braking systems on commercial vehicles are complicated and contain many parts, all of which need constant inspection and attention to ensure proper operation and performance.”

Brake inspections are being conducted at Motor Carrier Compliance Inspection Stations throughout Georgia as well as roadside inspections during the course of traffic stops by MCCD officers.

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