The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles will participate in Road Check 2009, an international safety activity that will take place June 2-4 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. International Road Check 2009 will emphasize promoting both safety and security on North American highways through the inspection of commercial vehicles and drivers. Along Interstate 91 in Guilford and Putney, more than 30 truck and bus safety inspectors from DMV’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, several municipal police agencies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, I.R.S Fuel Compliance and the U.S. Border Patrol will be on the job night and day during the 72-hour period checking vehicles and drivers at inspection sites. In addition, roving patrols will inspect vehicles and drivers traveling on other highways.Certified inspectors will check critical vehicle safety elements, as well as determine drivers’ fitness for duty.Road Check 2009 also will emphasize enforcement for commercial vehicle drivers who fail to wear their safety belt. According to recent studies, only about 72 percent of truck drivers heed the federal law that requires them to wear a safety belt to avoid injury or death if there is a crash.Although inspectors perform this work everyday, Road Check 2009 will place a special emphasis on year-round commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections, as well as other driver safety programs aimed at saving lives on North American highways.More than 3 million roadside safety inspections are conducted each year by specially trained inspectors. The number of inspections is growing each year as the volume of commercial traffic increases.