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Highway Patrol finds a quarter of commercial vehicles have mechanical issue
Yearly inspection was part of national effort, June 4-6
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
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The Ohio State Highway Patrol inspected more than 1,500 commercial vehicles earlier this month as part of the national Roadcheck 2013 program. It found a quarter of them had mechanical issues.

Lt. Anne Ralston of the State Highway Patrol says vehicles such as trucks and buses have unique safety concerns.

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“If, and when, something goes bad with one of those vehicles we could be dealing with a serious crash," Ralston says. "Those vehicles are so large and they weigh so much.When we’re talking about passenger buses, we obviously have a lot of lives on those buses so safety is a high priority.”

As a result of the check, they placed more than 350 vehicles out-of-service for issues that could cause a crash or breakdown.

Ralston says these vehicles can be used again once the problems are fixed.

She added that 67 drivers were also temporarily suspended for issues such as not having the proper licensing or not having enough rest.

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