PSC participates in blitz to draw more attention to over the road safety

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Inspectors with the state Public Service Commission are participating in the International Roadcheck 2022. The 72 hour event heightens safety inspections of commercial trucks traveling on the highways of West Virginia.

PSC Chairperson Charlotte Lane was on hand for the first few hours of the event Tuesday at the weigh-station on I-64 just east of Hurricane.

“We want the driving public to be safe. That’s what we do every day, but this 72 hour road check is focusing in on that and making the public a lot more aware of the issues,” she said from the field.

The road checks are being done in every state as well as Canada and Mexico. West Virginia’s enforcement agents are doing their detailed safety inspections at the Hurricane weigh station, the Mineral Wells weigh station on I-77, and the Cooper’s Rock station on I-68.

“The focus of this year’s road check are wheel ends, which include the wheels, hubs, and everything at the end of an axle,” Lane said. “We have specialized equipment here at our station set up and trucks drive through and our cameras pick up anything suspicious.”

If cameras do detect a potential problem trucks are flagged for a more thorough inspection by an officer on the scene. The officers have the power to pull the truck off the highway until the issue is fixed. Lane said that doesn’t happen very often and the large majority of trucks are in compliance with all federal and state highway hauling regulations.

“The Public Service Commission is very concerned about the safety of all drivers on the roads. That’s why our officers are out there on the roads every day making sure the driving public is safe,” Lane said.

The blitz will run through midnight Thursday.

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