Red Deer, Alberta – Between September 7 and 8, 63 commercial vehicles travelling through Red Deer underwent safety inspections that resulted in 40% of them being taken out of service; the safety checks were conducted by multiple partnering agencies in the area as part of a provincial traffic focus on commercial vehicle safety.
The vehicle safety checks took place at three locations over the two-day period: Johnstone Drive; the intersection of 77 Street and 47 Avenue Close; and the intersection of 19 Street and 40 Avenue in Red Deer. The joint operation included police officers from Red Deer RCMP, peace officers from The City of Red Deer, Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch, Lacombe Police Service, Lacombe County, Red Deer County, Clearwater County, and Blackfalds Carrier Services.
Vehicles were checked to ensure they had the proper documentation and registration, that dangerous goods were properly secured and marked, and that those transporting animals were following health regulations.
The compliance checks resulted in 40% of vehicles being taken out of service. These vehicles are required to be fixed immediately and are not allowed on the road until violations have been corrected. 91 violations and 60 regulatory issues were identified in total. Of these violations, 3 vehicles were found to be overloaded and 3 were in violation of dangerous goods transportation regulations. Inspectors issued a total of 21 violation tickets to commercial vehicles.
Red Deer RCMP also issued one 24-hour suspension related to drug impairment and arrested one person for an outstanding warrant.
“Public safety and driver education are our goals,” says Sergeant Al Nickolson of the Red Deer RCMP. “All commercial vehicles across the country are required to meet specific safety standards according to federal and provincial legislation, and the inspection criteria we apply to each vehicle is set out by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. It’s crucial that the large buses and trucks on our roadways are operating safely.”
Sgt. Al Nickolson
Red Deer RCMP