Small said 274 commercial vehicles were inspected during Brake Week last year, and 74 were pulled off of the road, a failure rate of close to one in three.
Statistics like that are why events like Brake Week are important, Epling said.
"Brakes are one of the main violations we get nationwide," he said, "With our mountains and curvy roads, brakes are important.
"Our goal is to reduce the number of crashes," Epling said. "What better way than to inspect the brakes?"
Epling doesn't mind having to pull a commercial vehicle off the road for a safety violation. "You could save someone's life by taking somebody off the road," he said.
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