Oct. 17, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Commercial vehicle enforcement officers emphasized the importance of proper brake maintenance during a joint inspection blitz with their counterparts from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island recently during Brake Safety Week.
John W. Foran, public safety minister and solicitor general, was at the Salisbury West fixed scale facility for the New Brunswick part of the event. Officers from the province's commercial vehicle enforcement program also participated in similar enforcement activities in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
"Our highways and commercial vehicles link our province to world markets, and their safety and security is important to achieving self-sufficiency," Foran said. "Regional collaboration on matters of commercial vehicle safety makes a lot of sense, and I am pleased that New Brunswick collaborated with Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on this important safety initiative."
The event was part of Operation Air Brake, a safety campaign sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, and Transport Canada. The annual campaign takes place throughout the United States and Canada to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.
Brake-related defects continue to be the most significant and frequent violations that safety inspectors discover during roadside inspections. For this reason, the air brake campaign is an educational and enforcement activity that emphasizes two matters:
This year, drivers were provided with information on proper brake operation; how to recognize potential brake problems; and the need for properly maintained brakes to enhance highway safety.
The Government of New Brunswick is committed to Road Safety Vision 2010, a strategy to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on highways by 30 per cent, and to make Canada's highways the safest in the world by 2010.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506- 444-5267.