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DPS Checks Thousands Of Vehicles During Roadcheck

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The badge and uniform of a Texas State trooper. (FILE) (credit: Getty Images/Chris Hondros)

The badge and uniform of a Texas State trooper. (FILE) (credit: Getty Images/Chris Hondros)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas troopers have sidelined nearly 1,900 vehicles as part of the three-day nationwide safety effort called Roadcheck 2014.

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday reported doing more than 8,700 commercial motor vehicle inspections during the June 3-5 safety push.

About 21 percent of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected were taken out of service for safety violations, pending repairs. Issues with brakes and defective lighting were among the common problems.

DPS required 263 drivers to stop operating their vehicles for violations related to incorrect logging of on-duty time and not having the proper licenses.

Overall troopers issued 2,715 citations and nearly 25,000 warnings.

The Roadcheck program is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

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