Sheriff Leslie is pleased to announce that the Sheriff's Office, after partnering with the Dakota County Transportation Department, has added a Commercial Vehicle Inspector (CVI) to its ranks. Deputy Brandon Buckley has been chosen to fill that opening.
To begin his training, Deputy Buckley completed a two-week training program and passed a rigorous certification course that included multiple examinations and completing 32 inspections under the observation of a veteran CVI from the Minnesota State Patrol. He then attended several other training courses aimed at commercial vehicles, their braking systems, and weights and scales. He will be enforcing laws and rules relating to the size and weight of commercial vehicles, driver qualification, hours of service, and vehicle inspections. He is required to complete a minimum of 120 commercial vehicle inspections each year to maintain his certification.
There are currently more than 1.2 million truck carriers in the United States who employ 3.5 million truck drivers in operating more than 15.5 million trucks. Of those trucks, 2 million are tractor trailers (semis). The continual increase in commercial vehicle traffic resulted in a 28 percent increase in large truck and bus fatalities between 2009 and 2016 in the Unites States. Injuries caused by large truck and bus fatalities almost doubled during this same time period.
Dakota County is home to numerous gravel pits and construction sites. With that comes increased commercial motor vehicle traffic. This is especially prevalent on County Road 46 between Interstate 35 and Highway 52 during the daytime hours. In particular, last year deputies and investigators assisted Rosemount Police with a fatal crash where a large boulder fell off the back of a commercial vehicle and struck a passenger vehicle, killing both occupants.
Sheriff Leslie is confident that the addition of this CVI position will help keep our roadways safer for the citizens of Dakota County.
If you have any questions about commercial vehicle enforcement, please contact Deputy Buckley directly by calling (651) 438-4700.