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Troopers randomly checking brakes on I-95

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Updated: 9/12/2013 7:05 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mike Simmons is one of more than 113 truck drivers who has been randomly checked for brake issues since Sunday.

He's also become one of more than 30 whose truck has been placed out of service for issues found in the inspection.

"Right now we've seen somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 percent of our inspections conducted that places commercial vehicles out of service for some type of brake violation," said Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Derek Barrs.

Once deemed "out of service" Barrs says they have to be fixed by a certified mechanic.

It's process that may take some time, but one Barrs says could save lives.

"It's just so important for commercial vehicles to have the operating systems that are working properly so we can reduce crashes," said Barrs.

And truck drivers agree.

"It's important because when I reach for my brakes I need them. I don't need them pulling," said truck driver Mike Simmons.

Simmons says it takes trucks longer to brake than a car, sometimes the length of a football field.

Barrs says the operation will continue through Saturday.

He says a number of vehicles have been taken off the road already, and they could have caused big disasters if they were never checked.
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