|AIRS system displays the results of each vehicle's scan.|
In early November, the Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration honored our agency along with the Washington State Patrol for our joint project developing a new way to get big trucks with unsafe brakes off the road.
It was close to three years ago when our Commercial Vehicle Services and Statewide Transportation and Collision Data Office joined forces with WSP to develop the automated infrared roadside screening (AIRS).
AIRS was first deployed at the northbound Interstate 5 DuPont weigh station. Based on this success, we are scheduled to install the system at all 11 of Washington’s interstate weigh stations and ports of entry.
|WSDOT project team: Left to right: Ken Lakey STCDO,|
Vic Bagnell CVS, Rich Rackleff STCDO,
and Nghia Chau, STCDO
During software testing, WSP took a total of 12 trucks out of service over a two-day period. One of those trucks was leaking brake fluid, another had brake drums that were full of rust, one had a flat tire and still another had a brake air can coming off.
Why an emphasis on the big trucks? Well, first, because these trucks can be pretty big, there can be more damage and longer traffic delays during a collision. Plus, we have a joint operating agreement with WSP and we often work together in many ways. It’s all about keeping drivers safe and traffic moving.
Specifically in the area of weigh stations, WSP operates all Washington’s weigh stations and ports of entry, while we provide the technical support, such as the computer systems AIRS.