Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Officers Run Safety Checks on Big Rigs

Officers Run Safety Checks on Big Rigs

Boise, 8:30 a.m., June 6, 2006 -- Boise Police join Idaho State Police and several other agencies in "72 Hours for Safety", a nationwide effort to insure highway safety by running safety inspections on semi trucks.

Media Info on 72 Hours for Safety

Where:  East Boise Port of Entry

When:  Approx. 7:30 a.m. - approx. 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Officer Kip Wills 703-1546  (please call ahead to be sure someone is available on site to assist you)

Inspectors are checking for big rig violations that may compromise highway safety. Officer Kip Wills says already this morning (Tuesday) inspectors have found two big rigs with violations, including one truck traveling the interstate with potentially serious brake problems.  Another truck was found to have a problem with the steering wheel.

"Especially with more of us hitting the highways for summer vacations, these inspections are always timely," said Officer Wills. "If a truck has a problem that could potentially jeopardize public safety, we'll make sure that truck is parked until that problem is fixed."

Boise PD's Commercial Vehicle experts are out at the East Boise Port of Entry today through Thursday, doing inspections, along with officers from Idaho State Police, Ada County Sheriff's Office, the Idaho Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.