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Announcement: SongTabs.com Releases How to Play ‘Tennis Court’ by Lorde – Acoustic Guitar Lesson for Beginner


(PRWEB) August 18, 2014

In today’s easy beginner acoustic guitar lesson, Zollars teaches the song Tennis Court by Lorde which is very easy due to it only having two parts: verse and chorus. Paige starts off by going over the guitar chords that are used in the verse as follows: G, Am (A minor) and F, all of which are played in the open position. Next, Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as follows: down, down, up, up, down, up, counted as 1, 2, &, 3, 4, &, for one whole measure for the G and Am and two whole measures for the F. Next, Paige goes over the chords for the chorus as follows: G, C, Am, G, F, C, G and Am. Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as being the same as the verse with one whole measure for each chord. Paige continues this easy guitar lesson by performing the song so you can hear how it should sound. Complete guitar chord charts as well as guitar TAB’s are available for this beginner acoustic guitar lesson at SongTabs.com.

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is a singer songwriter from Takapuna New Zealand. She began her music career at the age of 13 when she signed with Universal Music Group. Her debut EP “The Love Club” was an international crossover success that awarded her two Grammy Awards and was followed by her first full length album “Pure Heroin” in 2013.

Paige Zollars

Has been a singer and songwriter for the last 6 years and performs at fairs and coffee shops in her area. She has an original song “Broken” available on ITunes and works for a company called KlabLab where she makes educational songs for the classroom.

About SongTabs.com

SongTabs.com is a great online resource for learning to easily play your favorite songs on the guitar. With several great instructors and a constant growing catalog of songs,everyone can learn to play their favorite songs.







Announcement: SongTabs.com Releases How to Play ‘Tennis Court’ by Lorde – Acoustic Guitar Lesson for Beginner


(PRWEB) August 18, 2014

In today’s easy beginner acoustic guitar lesson, Zollars teaches the song Tennis Court by Lorde which is very easy due to it only having two parts: verse and chorus. Paige starts off by going over the guitar chords that are used in the verse as follows: G, Am (A minor) and F, all of which are played in the open position. Next, Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as follows: down, down, up, up, down, up, counted as 1, 2, &, 3, 4, &, for one whole measure for the G and Am and two whole measures for the F. Next, Paige goes over the chords for the chorus as follows: G, C, Am, G, F, C, G and Am. Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as being the same as the verse with one whole measure for each chord. Paige continues this easy guitar lesson by performing the song so you can hear how it should sound. Complete guitar chord charts as well as guitar TAB’s are available for this beginner acoustic guitar lesson at SongTabs.com.

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is a singer songwriter from Takapuna New Zealand. She began her music career at the age of 13 when she signed with Universal Music Group. Her debut EP “The Love Club” was an international crossover success that awarded her two Grammy Awards and was followed by her first full length album “Pure Heroin” in 2013.

Paige Zollars

Has been a singer and songwriter for the last 6 years and performs at fairs and coffee shops in her area. She has an original song “Broken” available on ITunes and works for a company called KlabLab where she makes educational songs for the classroom.

About SongTabs.com

SongTabs.com is a great online resource for learning to easily play your favorite songs on the guitar. With several great instructors and a constant growing catalog of songs,everyone can learn to play their favorite songs.







Announcement: SongTabs.com Releases How to Play ‘Tennis Court’ by Lorde – Acoustic Guitar Lesson for Beginner


(PRWEB) August 18, 2014

In today’s easy beginner acoustic guitar lesson, Zollars teaches the song Tennis Court by Lorde which is very easy due to it only having two parts: verse and chorus. Paige starts off by going over the guitar chords that are used in the verse as follows: G, Am (A minor) and F, all of which are played in the open position. Next, Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as follows: down, down, up, up, down, up, counted as 1, 2, &, 3, 4, &, for one whole measure for the G and Am and two whole measures for the F. Next, Paige goes over the chords for the chorus as follows: G, C, Am, G, F, C, G and Am. Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as being the same as the verse with one whole measure for each chord. Paige continues this easy guitar lesson by performing the song so you can hear how it should sound. Complete guitar chord charts as well as guitar TAB’s are available for this beginner acoustic guitar lesson at SongTabs.com.

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is a singer songwriter from Takapuna New Zealand. She began her music career at the age of 13 when she signed with Universal Music Group. Her debut EP “The Love Club” was an international crossover success that awarded her two Grammy Awards and was followed by her first full length album “Pure Heroin” in 2013.

Paige Zollars

Has been a singer and songwriter for the last 6 years and performs at fairs and coffee shops in her area. She has an original song “Broken” available on ITunes and works for a company called KlabLab where she makes educational songs for the classroom.

About SongTabs.com

SongTabs.com is a great online resource for learning to easily play your favorite songs on the guitar. With several great instructors and a constant growing catalog of songs,everyone can learn to play their favorite songs.







Narconon Arrowhead Releases Tips for Keeping Family Drug Free for Family Fun Month


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

The Importance of Family

Narconon Arrowhead executives and staff recognize that the family is the basic building block of our society. It is the first group we belong to as a child. It is the source of our upbringing and the values which we learn to live by.

If is from out parents that we first learn how to treat our siblings and other children. It is where we learn how to share, and how to be kind and diplomatic with others. It is where we learn respect for others and their property. It is from members of our family where we learn about friendship and loyalty. It is with our family we find shelter from the storm of life.

The foundations of our basic education about life and how to live it will be learned in our family.

In this small and closely-knit group, we will learn right from wrong, good from bad, and what is valued and what is not. We will learn the guiding standards of achievement and the measures of failure, and what is really important to living a good and decent life.

It is from our family, as well, where we will learn whether or not drug and alcohol use is acceptable, and whether or not its consumption is regarded as necessary to “having a good time.”

Family Fun Month Activities

Many families participating in summer activities in general, and also participating in Family Fun Month as the summer comes to a close, will choose activities which are centered on sports, enjoyment of the outdoors, cultural opportunities, and food and fun.

A few common Family Fun Month activities which invite inclusion and participation from all family members both young and old include such things as:

➢    Visiting the local park together, and taking a picnic along. Some in the family might enjoy bringing a soccer ball or a Frisbee for added fun.

➢    Families who live in a location with easy access to the beach or mountains might want to plan a day of beach activities, a hike in the mountains, or even a camping trip for true outdoor enthusiasts.

➢    Concerts or movies in the park are often a summertime activity provided by the community. An evening under the stars listening to music or watching a good family movie is a special time for everyone.

➢    Experience your community together by visiting the library in search of good books; by attending the local Farmer’s Market to shop for some healthful food while supporting your local growers; or by attending a local art/artisans show. Such activities provide an opportunity to learn and experience new things.

➢    Plan and shop for a special family cook-out or barbeque. Add some homegrown and creative entertainment provided by family members. Take some pictures, and create a collage as a related art project all can participate in and enjoy.

Each family has its own creativity and activity preferences. There are nearly unlimited opportunities all around us for families to have fun together, and it need not require unlimited funds, or travels far from home. In celebration of Family Fun Month, everyone in the family can put their heads together to come-up with great ideas and activities to be enjoyed and remembered by all.

Tips from Narconon Arrowhead

It is vital to a safe and enjoyable Family Fun Month that activities do not involve the use or abuse of drugs or alcohol. While our society is currently inundated with advertisements promoting alcohol as an important to having a good time and drug and drug use is rampant, true happiness does not come from experiencing the risky and potentially fatal consequences of mixing drugs and alcohol with family activities intended to be fun.

To that end, Narconon Arrowhead will be releasing tips for keeping your family drug-free throughout its activities during the month of August.

The Oklahoma-based drug rehabilitation and drug prevention education facility knows the value and importance of a family being able to enjoy Family Fun Month without the adverse consequences of drug and alcohol use, and will be publishing timely and informative blogs on its main website to help you and your family stay safe and sober.

For more information call 800-468-6933 or visit http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.

Source: http://www.scmaf.org/Top_Nav/aboutSCMAF/newsarchive/August_is_Family_Fun_Month_.htm







Announcement: SongTabs.com Releases How to Play ‘Tennis Court’ by Lorde – Acoustic Guitar Lesson for Beginner


(PRWEB) August 18, 2014

In today’s easy beginner acoustic guitar lesson, Zollars teaches the song Tennis Court by Lorde which is very easy due to it only having two parts: verse and chorus. Paige starts off by going over the guitar chords that are used in the verse as follows: G, Am (A minor) and F, all of which are played in the open position. Next, Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as follows: down, down, up, up, down, up, counted as 1, 2, &, 3, 4, &, for one whole measure for the G and Am and two whole measures for the F. Next, Paige goes over the chords for the chorus as follows: G, C, Am, G, F, C, G and Am. Zollars demonstrates the strumming pattern as being the same as the verse with one whole measure for each chord. Paige continues this easy guitar lesson by performing the song so you can hear how it should sound. Complete guitar chord charts as well as guitar TAB’s are available for this beginner acoustic guitar lesson at SongTabs.com.

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is a singer songwriter from Takapuna New Zealand. She began her music career at the age of 13 when she signed with Universal Music Group. Her debut EP “The Love Club” was an international crossover success that awarded her two Grammy Awards and was followed by her first full length album “Pure Heroin” in 2013.

Paige Zollars

Has been a singer and songwriter for the last 6 years and performs at fairs and coffee shops in her area. She has an original song “Broken” available on ITunes and works for a company called KlabLab where she makes educational songs for the classroom.

About SongTabs.com

SongTabs.com is a great online resource for learning to easily play your favorite songs on the guitar. With several great instructors and a constant growing catalog of songs,everyone can learn to play their favorite songs.







Narconon Arrowhead Releases Tips for Keeping Family Drug Free for Family Fun Month


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

The Importance of Family

Narconon Arrowhead executives and staff recognize that the family is the basic building block of our society. It is the first group we belong to as a child. It is the source of our upbringing and the values which we learn to live by.

If is from out parents that we first learn how to treat our siblings and other children. It is where we learn how to share, and how to be kind and diplomatic with others. It is where we learn respect for others and their property. It is from members of our family where we learn about friendship and loyalty. It is with our family we find shelter from the storm of life.

The foundations of our basic education about life and how to live it will be learned in our family.

In this small and closely-knit group, we will learn right from wrong, good from bad, and what is valued and what is not. We will learn the guiding standards of achievement and the measures of failure, and what is really important to living a good and decent life.

It is from our family, as well, where we will learn whether or not drug and alcohol use is acceptable, and whether or not its consumption is regarded as necessary to “having a good time.”

Family Fun Month Activities

Many families participating in summer activities in general, and also participating in Family Fun Month as the summer comes to a close, will choose activities which are centered on sports, enjoyment of the outdoors, cultural opportunities, and food and fun.

A few common Family Fun Month activities which invite inclusion and participation from all family members both young and old include such things as:

➢    Visiting the local park together, and taking a picnic along. Some in the family might enjoy bringing a soccer ball or a Frisbee for added fun.

➢    Families who live in a location with easy access to the beach or mountains might want to plan a day of beach activities, a hike in the mountains, or even a camping trip for true outdoor enthusiasts.

➢    Concerts or movies in the park are often a summertime activity provided by the community. An evening under the stars listening to music or watching a good family movie is a special time for everyone.

➢    Experience your community together by visiting the library in search of good books; by attending the local Farmer’s Market to shop for some healthful food while supporting your local growers; or by attending a local art/artisans show. Such activities provide an opportunity to learn and experience new things.

➢    Plan and shop for a special family cook-out or barbeque. Add some homegrown and creative entertainment provided by family members. Take some pictures, and create a collage as a related art project all can participate in and enjoy.

Each family has its own creativity and activity preferences. There are nearly unlimited opportunities all around us for families to have fun together, and it need not require unlimited funds, or travels far from home. In celebration of Family Fun Month, everyone in the family can put their heads together to come-up with great ideas and activities to be enjoyed and remembered by all.

Tips from Narconon Arrowhead

It is vital to a safe and enjoyable Family Fun Month that activities do not involve the use or abuse of drugs or alcohol. While our society is currently inundated with advertisements promoting alcohol as an important to having a good time and drug and drug use is rampant, true happiness does not come from experiencing the risky and potentially fatal consequences of mixing drugs and alcohol with family activities intended to be fun.

To that end, Narconon Arrowhead will be releasing tips for keeping your family drug-free throughout its activities during the month of August.

The Oklahoma-based drug rehabilitation and drug prevention education facility knows the value and importance of a family being able to enjoy Family Fun Month without the adverse consequences of drug and alcohol use, and will be publishing timely and informative blogs on its main website to help you and your family stay safe and sober.

For more information call 800-468-6933 or visit http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.

Source: http://www.scmaf.org/Top_Nav/aboutSCMAF/newsarchive/August_is_Family_Fun_Month_.htm







Narconon Arrowhead Releases Tips for Keeping Family Drug Free for Family Fun Month


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

The Importance of Family

Narconon Arrowhead executives and staff recognize that the family is the basic building block of our society. It is the first group we belong to as a child. It is the source of our upbringing and the values which we learn to live by.

If is from out parents that we first learn how to treat our siblings and other children. It is where we learn how to share, and how to be kind and diplomatic with others. It is where we learn respect for others and their property. It is from members of our family where we learn about friendship and loyalty. It is with our family we find shelter from the storm of life.

The foundations of our basic education about life and how to live it will be learned in our family.

In this small and closely-knit group, we will learn right from wrong, good from bad, and what is valued and what is not. We will learn the guiding standards of achievement and the measures of failure, and what is really important to living a good and decent life.

It is from our family, as well, where we will learn whether or not drug and alcohol use is acceptable, and whether or not its consumption is regarded as necessary to “having a good time.”

Family Fun Month Activities

Many families participating in summer activities in general, and also participating in Family Fun Month as the summer comes to a close, will choose activities which are centered on sports, enjoyment of the outdoors, cultural opportunities, and food and fun.

A few common Family Fun Month activities which invite inclusion and participation from all family members both young and old include such things as:

➢    Visiting the local park together, and taking a picnic along. Some in the family might enjoy bringing a soccer ball or a Frisbee for added fun.

➢    Families who live in a location with easy access to the beach or mountains might want to plan a day of beach activities, a hike in the mountains, or even a camping trip for true outdoor enthusiasts.

➢    Concerts or movies in the park are often a summertime activity provided by the community. An evening under the stars listening to music or watching a good family movie is a special time for everyone.

➢    Experience your community together by visiting the library in search of good books; by attending the local Farmer’s Market to shop for some healthful food while supporting your local growers; or by attending a local art/artisans show. Such activities provide an opportunity to learn and experience new things.

➢    Plan and shop for a special family cook-out or barbeque. Add some homegrown and creative entertainment provided by family members. Take some pictures, and create a collage as a related art project all can participate in and enjoy.

Each family has its own creativity and activity preferences. There are nearly unlimited opportunities all around us for families to have fun together, and it need not require unlimited funds, or travels far from home. In celebration of Family Fun Month, everyone in the family can put their heads together to come-up with great ideas and activities to be enjoyed and remembered by all.

Tips from Narconon Arrowhead

It is vital to a safe and enjoyable Family Fun Month that activities do not involve the use or abuse of drugs or alcohol. While our society is currently inundated with advertisements promoting alcohol as an important to having a good time and drug and drug use is rampant, true happiness does not come from experiencing the risky and potentially fatal consequences of mixing drugs and alcohol with family activities intended to be fun.

To that end, Narconon Arrowhead will be releasing tips for keeping your family drug-free throughout its activities during the month of August.

The Oklahoma-based drug rehabilitation and drug prevention education facility knows the value and importance of a family being able to enjoy Family Fun Month without the adverse consequences of drug and alcohol use, and will be publishing timely and informative blogs on its main website to help you and your family stay safe and sober.

For more information call 800-468-6933 or visit http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.

Source: http://www.scmaf.org/Top_Nav/aboutSCMAF/newsarchive/August_is_Family_Fun_Month_.htm







Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Releases Results from International Roadcheck 2014


(PRWEB) August 15, 2014

On June 3-5, 2014, commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,475 truck and bus inspections during International Roadcheck 2014, the annual 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach event carried out by members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Of the 73,475 total inspections, 49,656 (67.6 percent) were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. Level I inspections include a 37-step procedure that involves an examination of both the driver’s record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Drivers are required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and are checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.

Of the 49,656 Level I Inspections conducted during International Roadcheck 2014, 23.0 percent included Out-of-Service (OOS) vehicle violations. There were a total of 72,415 driver inspections, including those conducted during all levels of inspections, from which 4.8 percent were found with OOS violations. There were 825 seatbelt violations issued. Other inspections conducted included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections.

“The inspections conducted during the three-day International Roadcheck event are the same types of inspections conducted every day by hard-working CVSA-certified inspectors,” said CVSA President Sgt. Thomas Fuller with the New York State Police. “International Roadcheck provides the opportunity to promote safety improvement efforts and accomplishments that enforcement and industry achieve every day.”

In addition to the Level I Inspections, International Roadcheck 2014 also placed special emphasis on hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/TDG) regulatory compliance. Although they represent a smaller segment of truck transportation, such shipments require special paperwork, driver credentials, vehicle safety, load securement, and hazard identification and communication, including placarding, to signify the added risks of exposure in the event of a crash, leak or fire. A total of 5,738 inspections included HM/TDG during this year’s event, with 919 (16.0 percent) found with vehicle OOS violations and 172 (3.0 percent) with driver OOS violations.

CVSA estimates that for this year’s International Roadcheck, over 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors participated at approximately 2,500 locations across North America. On an annual basis, nearly 4 million inspections are conducted across the continent.

“International Roadcheck is a very important three-day event that takes place once per year,” said Stephen Keppler, executive director, CVSA. But let’s not forget that every day, approximately 13,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at thousands of locations across North America help keep our roads safe by performing truck and bus inspections.”

“The 73,000 inspections that were completed during Roadcheck this year send a strong message to drivers and trucking companies alike that safety is our top priority,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “Together, FMCSA and our law enforcement partners nationwide are committed to saving lives on our roadways and raising the bar for safety in the commercial trucking industry nationwide.”

Since its inception in 1988, Roadcheck inspections have numbered more than 1.4 million, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety-enforcement organization, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.

To learn more about International Roadcheck, visit http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.

About the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals: uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more information, visit http://www.cvsa.org.







Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Releases Results from International Roadcheck 2014


(PRWEB) August 15, 2014

On June 3-5, 2014, commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,475 truck and bus inspections during International Roadcheck 2014, the annual 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach event carried out by members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Of the 73,475 total inspections, 49,656 (67.6 percent) were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. Level I inspections include a 37-step procedure that involves an examination of both the driver’s record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Drivers are required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and are checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.

Of the 49,656 Level I Inspections conducted during International Roadcheck 2014, 23.0 percent included Out-of-Service (OOS) vehicle violations. There were a total of 72,415 driver inspections, including those conducted during all levels of inspections, from which 4.8 percent were found with OOS violations. There were 825 seatbelt violations issued. Other inspections conducted included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections.

“The inspections conducted during the three-day International Roadcheck event are the same types of inspections conducted every day by hard-working CVSA-certified inspectors,” said CVSA President Sgt. Thomas Fuller with the New York State Police. “International Roadcheck provides the opportunity to promote safety improvement efforts and accomplishments that enforcement and industry achieve every day.”

In addition to the Level I Inspections, International Roadcheck 2014 also placed special emphasis on hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/TDG) regulatory compliance. Although they represent a smaller segment of truck transportation, such shipments require special paperwork, driver credentials, vehicle safety, load securement, and hazard identification and communication, including placarding, to signify the added risks of exposure in the event of a crash, leak or fire. A total of 5,738 inspections included HM/TDG during this year’s event, with 919 (16.0 percent) found with vehicle OOS violations and 172 (3.0 percent) with driver OOS violations.

CVSA estimates that for this year’s International Roadcheck, over 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors participated at approximately 2,500 locations across North America. On an annual basis, nearly 4 million inspections are conducted across the continent.

“International Roadcheck is a very important three-day event that takes place once per year,” said Stephen Keppler, executive director, CVSA. But let’s not forget that every day, approximately 13,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at thousands of locations across North America help keep our roads safe by performing truck and bus inspections.”

“The 73,000 inspections that were completed during Roadcheck this year send a strong message to drivers and trucking companies alike that safety is our top priority,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “Together, FMCSA and our law enforcement partners nationwide are committed to saving lives on our roadways and raising the bar for safety in the commercial trucking industry nationwide.”

Since its inception in 1988, Roadcheck inspections have numbered more than 1.4 million, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety-enforcement organization, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.

To learn more about International Roadcheck, visit http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.

About the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals: uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more information, visit http://www.cvsa.org.







Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Releases Results from International Roadcheck 2014


(PRWEB) August 15, 2014

On June 3-5, 2014, commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,475 truck and bus inspections during International Roadcheck 2014, the annual 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach event carried out by members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Of the 73,475 total inspections, 49,656 (67.6 percent) were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. Level I inspections include a 37-step procedure that involves an examination of both the driver’s record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Drivers are required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and are checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.

Of the 49,656 Level I Inspections conducted during International Roadcheck 2014, 23.0 percent included Out-of-Service (OOS) vehicle violations. There were a total of 72,415 driver inspections, including those conducted during all levels of inspections, from which 4.8 percent were found with OOS violations. There were 825 seatbelt violations issued. Other inspections conducted included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections.

“The inspections conducted during the three-day International Roadcheck event are the same types of inspections conducted every day by hard-working CVSA-certified inspectors,” said CVSA President Sgt. Thomas Fuller with the New York State Police. “International Roadcheck provides the opportunity to promote safety improvement efforts and accomplishments that enforcement and industry achieve every day.”

In addition to the Level I Inspections, International Roadcheck 2014 also placed special emphasis on hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/TDG) regulatory compliance. Although they represent a smaller segment of truck transportation, such shipments require special paperwork, driver credentials, vehicle safety, load securement, and hazard identification and communication, including placarding, to signify the added risks of exposure in the event of a crash, leak or fire. A total of 5,738 inspections included HM/TDG during this year’s event, with 919 (16.0 percent) found with vehicle OOS violations and 172 (3.0 percent) with driver OOS violations.

CVSA estimates that for this year’s International Roadcheck, over 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors participated at approximately 2,500 locations across North America. On an annual basis, nearly 4 million inspections are conducted across the continent.

“International Roadcheck is a very important three-day event that takes place once per year,” said Stephen Keppler, executive director, CVSA. But let’s not forget that every day, approximately 13,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at thousands of locations across North America help keep our roads safe by performing truck and bus inspections.”

“The 73,000 inspections that were completed during Roadcheck this year send a strong message to drivers and trucking companies alike that safety is our top priority,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “Together, FMCSA and our law enforcement partners nationwide are committed to saving lives on our roadways and raising the bar for safety in the commercial trucking industry nationwide.”

Since its inception in 1988, Roadcheck inspections have numbered more than 1.4 million, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety-enforcement organization, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.

To learn more about International Roadcheck, visit http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.

About the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals: uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more information, visit http://www.cvsa.org.