RSF 71, Manual Infrared Brake Screening System HP-ITD 2017

Grants and Contracts Details


Abstract Since 2009, there has been a sharp increase in the number of crashes, fatalities and injuries involving large commercial trucks and buses. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), from 2009 to 2015 there was a 33.7 percent increase in the number of crashes involving a large truck or bus. During the same period, fatalities rose 19.9 percent while injuries climbed 18.3 percent. Although these trends have not been entirely monotonic, their upward trajectory over the last seven years has been remarkably steady. And while the economic recovery has increased activity on federal and state highways, it has been accompanied by growth in safety hazards, including increased traffic, congestion, and the heightened risk of secondary crashes due to a primary crash event. While it is true that fatal crash and injury rates have declined significantly over the last few decades (after accounting for vehicle miles traveled), the raw increase in these numbers signal the enormous challenge federal, state and local officials are tasked with to enhance highway safety. Even though there has been a decline in the number of sworn officers in KSP-CVE, the number of inspectors working the facility has been on the rise to help offset this decline. As a result, there are more enforcement personnel available to perform inspections and providing them with the thermal cameras helps to ensure that trucks with brake and tire problems are more readily identified as they pass through the station. These cameras can enhance performance on important safety metrics by helping inspectors more carefully select Level 1 inspection candidates. Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (KSP-CVE) personnel will utilize these systems to screen commercial vehicles as they come down the weigh station ramp into the facility. If a potential problem is identified, the vehicle is stopped and the problem is further investigated by inspection. This project will allow for the implementation of two new systems at the Laurel SB and Lyon EB facilities. These camera systems are stand-alone systems that will not need to be interfaced with other systems at the weigh station or back office. The purpose of this project is to install and operate two manual brake screening systems at Kentucky inspection facilities to enhance the quality of Level 1 safety inspections and therefore improve commercial vehicle safety. This project also enhances the efficiency of enforcement by providing a tool to quickly identify commercial vehicle safety problems.
Effective start/end date7/1/209/30/21


  • KY Transportation Cabinet: $270,000.00


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