MDOT pulls over hundreds of vehicles during inspection marathon

The Mississippi Department of Transportation participated in a 72-hour marathon of inspecting commercial motor vehicles and their drivers as a part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck. “These inspections further the goal of MDOT’s Office of Enforcement to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities on Mississippi roadways each day, while carrying out the compliance, enforcement and education initiatives that ensure the safety of the traveling public, MDOT’s top priority,” Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said in a statement. International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. In 2016, MDOT officers inspected 1,604 vehicles as a part of the 72 hour Roadcheck marathon during which 342 vehicles were placed out of service until repairs were made. Drivers are tested for drug and alcohol use, and MDOT’s enforcement officers physically inspect parts of these trucks and buses such as the braking system, exhaust system, suspension and tires.

More than $3 million landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

The announcement is music to the ears of residents around Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the airport will receive $3.4 million for noise mitigation. According to a release, the money will pay for a soundproofing project that includes “residential sound insulation and easement acquisition to comply with the airport’s approved noise compatibility program.” This is part of $527.8 million in infrastructure grants to 584 airports across the United States as part of the Federal Aviation Agency’s Airport Improvement Program.