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W.Va. begins three-day commercial vehicle safety check

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Safety inspectors will be cracking down on commercial vehicles this week.

The state Public Service Commission says a 72-hour safety check began before dawn Tuesday and will continue until midnight Thursday.

Roadcheck 2013, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, involves inspecting commercial vehicles, checking brake system maintenance, and preventing driver fatigue by checking drivers' hours of service.

Gary Edgell, director of the PSC's Transportation Enforcement Division, said the event is to promote highway safety and reduce fatalities.

During last year's initiative, the state inspected more than 900 commercial vehicles. Of those, 163 were deemed unsafe and taken off the road.


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