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Oregon inspectors home in on unsafe trucks, drivers to reduce highway deaths

Don McCloskey of the Oregon Motor Carrier Transportation Division inspects the brake systems from underneath a trailer hauling fuel from during a routine inspection at the Woodburn port of entry. (PMG photo/Sam Stites)

WOODBURN - Truck inspections are the primary tool for preventing accidents that disrupt Oregon’s highways, hospitalize motorists and leave hundreds dead each year.

The Oregon Department of Transportation raised the bar for safety in adopting a new action plan in 2016. The agency envisions a future with no deaths from traffic accidents on Oregon’s roads.

While crashes involving commercial trucks only account for a small portion of the state’s annual death toll — only 58 of the 502 fatalities in 2018 involved a truck — ODOT’s Motor Carrier Transportation Division takes seriously the inspection of trucks as a means of prevention.

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