Ohio State Highway Patrol working to keep dangerous drivers off of the road this summer

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 08:36:16-04

CINCINNATI -- This summer, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement of regulations governing tractor-trailers to help keep all drivers safe on the roads. 

"Our motor carrier inspectors, they look for obvious violations, companies that have poor safety scores," OSHP Public Affairs Commander Lt. Robert Sellers said.

Crews on the roads look for trucking companies' compliance and safety accountability score. The lower the score, the better. 

"Companies with poor safety ratings, hazardous materials, things like that," Sellers said. "That's how we decide what vehicles we're going to stop and inspect."

In addition to logs and other paperwork, inspectors check brakes, lights, tires and other mechanical components. 

"(We) just make sure we don't have unsafe trucks on our highways here in Ohio," Sellers said. 

Ohio troopers just wrapped up a campaign to encourage safe driving practices. Recent studies have shown that totals in trucks taken out of service up to July in 2018 have matched all of 2017.