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      72-hour crackdown on commercial vehicles

      This week is Roadcheck, the largest enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world.

      On average, 14 trucks or buses are inspected every minute from Canada to Mexico over a three-day period. For Jennifer Stolberg, a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer with the Michigan State Police, it's a typical day patrolling, with one exception.

      "Itâ??s a 72-hour safety initiative focusing on the safety of the vehicles and driver safety," said Officer Stolberg.

      State police have three levels of checks when it comes to stopping a commercial vehicle. Level three just checks the driverâ??s paperwork, level two checks the drivers paperwork along with tires and lights, and level one is the highest checking all of the above plus vehicle maintenance. During the initiative, all stops made will be level one.

      Stolberg usually stops six commercial vehicles a shift, but the lengthy inspections cuts the number down to four.

      "Focusing on the maintenance and equipment of the vehicles; drivers aren't fatigued and not over hours," the officer said.

      Educating drivers about safety is also on the to-do list.

      "There are a lot of carriers that don't know they need a medical card, don't know if they need a USDOT number, aren't aware of the weight law either or the size law," Stolberg explained.

      But, at the end of the day, she believes the lessons are priceless.

      "All of this plays into making sure that the roadways are safe for the drivers and the rest of the motoring public," she says.