|Brake Safety Day|
The Tennessee Highway Patrol(THP) on Thursday observed Brake Safety Day, a program in conjunction with Canada and Mexico, to inspect big rig brakes. Locally officers inspected trucks at the scales on I-81 in Greene County. Lt. Richard Garrison said large trucks and buses were inspected to identify brake-system and anti-lock brake system violations, as well as out-of-adjustment brakes. "We examined 14 big rigs, and of that number, we took nine of them out of service." Garrison said motorists operating cars sometimes swerve in front of large trucks or brake quickly failing to realize that big rigs can not stop as quickly or in as short a distance as a smaller vehicle." He added that an empty rig will weigh 30,000 pounds, while a loaded rig weighs 80,000 pounds. A large truck has ten brakes and "in order for it to stop in a good distance, it must have 100 percent of it's brakes working". Brake Safety Day emphasizes enforcement, as well as education, outreach and awareness to drivers, motor carriers, mechanics and others who impact the safe operation of commercial vehicles.