Vehicles line up in Iowa for CMV inspections

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - When it comes to taking care of commercial vehicles, Louisiana State Police say you can never do too many inspections.

Today the State Police Department conducted courtesy inspections at the Love's Travel Stop just north of I-10 in Iowa, Louisiana.

Louisiana Police Sergeant E. J. Chesnee says these inspections are geared toward teaching drivers what to look for when inspecting their own vehicles.

"What a driver learns today, may help him keep his vehicle safe tomorrow and in turn hopefully prevent an accident from happening," says Sgt. Chesnee.

State troopers conducted "Level 1" inspections according to federal standards.

"Level 1 is the most detailed DOT inspection," says Sergeant Chesnee. "The first thing we do is talk with the driver and inspect their driver's licenses and paperwork. After that we do a general walk around of the vehicle and check out the tires, rims and breaks."

Rafael Sanchez drives an eighteen-wheeler across the country pretty frequently.

Sanchez says he feels more comfortable driving his truck after stopping for a courtesy inspection.

"I wish that they would do this more often, rather than them pulling people over and actually citing them," says Sanchez.

Although there were a few violations today, police say there was nothing too major.

Drivers with error-free inspections received a CVSA decal to place in their windshield.

The next courtesy inspection is scheduled to happen sometime in the next 3 months.

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