Iowa DOT News Release



Media invited to Roadcheck 2014 June 3-5 in Dallas County

Posted on: May 26, 2014

ANKENY, Iowa – May 26, 2014 – Thousands of commercial motor vehicles loaded with everything from paper products to windmill parts travel across North American highways every day. 

In our state, it’s up to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to inspect these trucks and assure the drivers are operating safely. 

While the media doesn’t often get the chance to see Iowa’s officers in action, one targeted enforcement effort each summer puts more officers on the road and keeps one Iowa inspection scale open for 72 hours straight. These additional inspections are part of an international event, called Roadcheck, which takes place June 3-5 throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. 

Media outlets are invited to take a closer look at how these safety inspections are carried out during this event. In Iowa, officers will be on duty from June 3-5 at the Iowa DOT’s scale on Interstate 80 in Dallas County. 

Roadcheck 2014 will promote both safety and security on North American highways through the inspection of commercial vehicles and drivers. Truck and bus safety inspectors will be on the job night and day during the 72-hour period checking vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites along major highways. In addition, roving patrols will inspect vehicles and drivers traveling other highways. Roadcheck 2014 also will place special emphasis on ensuring compliance for vehicles transporting hazardous materials. 

During the event, trained inspectors will be checking critical safety elements on the vehicles, as well as determining drivers’ fitness for duty. Although motor vehicle enforcement officers perform this work day in and day out, the annual Roadcheck event garners attention for year-round commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections and other driver safety programs aimed at saving lives on North American highways. 

To set up a time to come to the Dallas County facility, please contact Major Ned Lewis at 515-237-3336 or ned.lewis@dot.iowa.gov. 

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Iowa highway in the evening