Level 1 Inspections Help Keep Drivers Safe - myfoxcarolinas.com

Level 1 Inspections Help Keep Drivers Safe

Posted: Updated:
  • Kyle McCurryMore>>

  • Kyle McCurry

    Kyle McCurry

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:14:24 GMT
    I am a Digital Journalist based in Hickory. I cover Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and Watauga counties. I was born in Weaverville, NC. My high school dream was to be a White House correspondent, then college happened and I got involved with the radio station at Western Carolina University.
    I am a Digital Journalist based in Hickory. I cover Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and Watauga counties. I was born in Weaverville, NC. My high school dream was to be a White House correspondent, then college happened and I got involved with the radio station at Western Carolina University.

  • Heading Into the Final 10 Sprint Cup Races with a Different Set of Goals

    Heading Into the Final 10 Sprint Cup Races with a Different Set of Goals

    Sunday, September 14 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-14 21:42:07 GMT
    While the NASCAR world is focused on the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, those 16 cars competing are not the only ones on the track.
    While the NASCAR world is focused on the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, those 16 cars competing are not the only ones on the track.
  • The Winless Look Towards The Chase for Sprint Cup

    The Winless Look Towards The Chase for Sprint Cup

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-13 02:14:31 GMT
    NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship pits 16 drivers against one another, and some of them have yet to win a race in 2014.
    NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship pits 16 drivers against one another, and some of them have yet to win a race in 2014.

Members of the Catawba Valley Traffic Club met tonight in Hickory to view a demonstration of a Level 1 Inspection by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Cargo Transporters’ driver Derrick Whittle brought his rig for troopers to use for demonstration purposes.

"You have a lot of equipment out here that really doesn't need to be out here,” said Whittle. “Those things raise red flags for the DOT. So, under normal conditions, that's when they will pull you for a Level 1 Inspection. But they do do it at the weigh stations."

Trooper Destry Moose handled the inspection demonstration.

"There's several levels, but the level one is the complete inspection,” said Moose. “Vehicle, driver, contents, just all facets of the truck. Every level of inspection includes the log book and the driver himself. Checking him for fatigue, impairment and just anything else and also his hours of service."

While paper log books still exist, Moose says companies are moving toward automatic versions, which will alert drivers when they are close to timing out for the day.

After 14 hours of work, drivers must stop and take a break for 10. After 168 hours of work, drivers are then required to rest for 34 hours.

With the recent accident involving a big rig and actor Tracy Morgan in New Jersey, where driver fatigue might have been a factor, the time behind the wheel is in the spotlight. Whittle believes the way to avoid a 24-hour work day is to use automatic log books.

"You cannot, if you are using electronic logging, you cannot drive that long,” he said. “It's impossible."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Isabella Santos Foundation: Battling Neuroblastoma

    Isabella Santos Foundation: Battling Neuroblastoma

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:37:22 GMT
    No family should have to endure the hardship of caring for a child with cancer, and one local family knows the pain cancer can cause all too well.
    No family should have to endure the hardship of caring for a child with cancer, and one local family knows the pain cancer can cause all too well.
  • Business Beat: Erik Spanberg Talks Big Business

    Business Beat: Erik Spanberg Talks Big Business

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:47:46 GMT
    Business is booming in Charlotte and FOX46 Business Expert Erik Spanberg broke down the latest in business news for the Queen City on Good Day Carolinas.
    Business is booming in Charlotte and FOX46 Business Expert Erik Spanberg broke down the latest in business news for the Queen City on Good Day Carolinas.
  • Gov. Chris Christie Helps Tom Tillis In Senate Race

    Gov. Chris Christie Helps Tom Tillis In Senate Race

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:23:45 GMT
    North Carolina Senate candidate Tom Tillis and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie met up on the campaign trail this morning in Wilmington NC.  
    North Carolina Senate candidate Tom Tillis and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie met up on the campaign trail this morning in Wilmington NC.  
Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices