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A bill halfway through the Ohio statehouse would permit all township police to make arrests during traffic stops on local highways. Ohio law now prohibits constables in townships with up to 50,000 residents from making arrests on portions of roadway in the national highway system that are not interstate highway.
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Smokey Point Distributing Honored Again for Safety Efforts

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Chris Zondlo, SPD safety coordinator (2nd from left), receives a Great West Safety Award from Great West's Kevin Skow (far left), and the WTA's Safety Fleet of the Year Award from Jason Berry, Washington State Patrol assistant chief (2nd from right) and Tom Walrath, of T.E. Walrath Trucking and WTA president (far right). Photo: Daseke


Chris Zondlo, SPD safety coordinator (2nd from left), receives a Great West Safety Award from Great West's Kevin Skow (far left), and the WTA's Safety Fleet of the Year Award from Jason Berry, Washington State Patrol assistant chief (2nd from right) and Tom Walrath, of T.E. Walrath Trucking and WTA president (far right). Photo: Daseke


Arlington, Wash.-based Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company, has been named the Washington Trucking Association's “Safety Fleet of the Year” in the common carrier (over 5 million miles) category.

“We take safety to heart and we're very honored to be named the top carrier in our state,” said Lee Michaud, SPD executive vice president. “We've had a fantastic year – first being awarded our fifth straight Platinum Safety Award by our insurance provider, then being recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association as the top fleet in safety (15 million to 24.99 million mile category). This award from our home state means a great deal to us.”

According to Mike Southards, WTA safety director, the Washington State Patrol named the ultimate winner. “We forward the nominations to the State Patrol and they select our winners as an independent third party,” he said. “We were very excited to see SPD win the award– it was well-deserved. SPD represents our state and our industry in a very positive light. They've grown to become one of the largest carriers in Washington and they have a phenomenal outfit, both in management and in drivers.”

In 2015, SPD's national network of terminals grew to have more than 300 drivers as well as nearly 400 open-deck trailers. The company said it is “on pace to have another solid growth year in 2016.”

SPD's Michaud said the carrier had zero chargeable accidents in Washington during 2015, along with an accident rate of just .29 occurrences per million miles in 2015, putting it well below the industry average.

“Safety begins with a meticulous maintenance program and culminates with our drivers who truly care about the loads they haul,” said Michaud. “Everything has to work together and it does. We're very proud of our CSA federal safety scores, which are among the top tier in the industry. And our drivers– they're our cornerstones.

“We stay true to our culture of celebrating their professionalism and individualism; we trust and respect what they do and how they represent Smokey Point,” he added. “It's a recipe that works for us and it's one of many reasons why our turnover rate is one of the lowest in the industry. We're family here and we love what we do. And we do it with a safety-first mentality.”

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Bendix Updates Trailer Parking Brake Valve Issue

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Bendix is making available information pertaining to its voluntary recall of some 200,000 of its SR-5 trailer spring brake valves. That May 17 action has prompted recalls of over 30,000 trailers by 11 various trailer makers.

The affected Bendix units were manufactured between Jan. 1, 2004 and March 4, 2016. Per the company, there have been no reports of injuries involving this product issue.

According to the NHTSA notice posted online about the Bendix recall, the affected brake valves were “improperly machined without a radius on the internal check valve seat, causing a delay of application of the spring brakes while parking.” As a result, if there is a delay of spring brake application, a trailer “may roll away after it has decoupled from the tractor, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.”

A Bendix spokesperson told HDT that the company is “offering several important details and clarifications” regarding the recall. Chief among these is that a “permanent remedy repair kit” will be available. “Impacted customers will receive a communication from their vehicle OEM or Bendix on the specific steps to take, including how, where and when to obtain the kit and timing to complete the repair.”

According to Bendix, what caused the recall is that “under a combination of a unique set of circumstances, it is possible (though not probable) for an internal leakage to develop in the SR-5 unit, resulting in slow-to-apply spring brakes when parking the trailer.”

Because of this problem, if uncoupled and the internal leakage presents itself, it will result in loss of air pressure in the trailer reservoir. “If a high rate of leakage is observed from the supply gladhand or park control valve exhaust, it is possible that the spring brakes will be slow to apply on the trailer,” Bendix advised. The company noted that this issue does not impact tractor brakes.

As for what symptom to look for, the manufacturer said that the leak is heard or observed at the supply (red) gladhand when uncoupled from the tractor. “If coupled to a tractor, a leak may be heard from the exhaust of the park control valve (Bendix MV-3 dash control valve) or from a Quick Release valve in the Trailer Supply at the Tractor Protection Valve.”

“Bendix remains in close contact with the vehicle OEMs throughout this effort,” said the spokesperson. “In turn, each OEM follows their own prudent business processes to administer the recall under the guidelines set forth by NHTSA. The goal of both Bendix and the vehicle OEM is to get the permanent remedy solution into the hands of the vehicle owners as soon as possible.”

The affected valves are identified by the supplier code and the date code on the unit. Both must be present. The supplier code – IKD – appears cast into the body. The date code – featuring a “Month/Year” format – appears in red or black type. An SR-5 valve within the affected population displays a date code between the range of A0114T – C0416T with: (A) the first letter of “A through M, skipping the letter I”; and (B) the last two numerical digits of “14, 15, or 16.”

“If a vehicle owner confirms that the SR-5 valve installed on your trailer is a part of the affected group, bring your vehicle(s) in for service at your earliest convenience to install the repair, when available,” Bendix said.

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The company advised that preventive measures owners should take with their vehicles prior to the time they can complete the valve identification inspection and/or the valve is repaired are: “When parking your vehicle(s), drivers should always use the yellow “PARKING BRAKE” button to assure both the tractor and trailer (including yard tractors) are parked: do not park your vehicle using only the red “TRAILER AIR SUPPLY” button.”

Trailer owners who have questions about this recall may reach Bendix in several ways:

  • Telephone the Product Action Center at 1-877-345-9526. Representatives are available Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
  • Email the Center at: [email protected]
  • Go to the online Product Action Center under the Services & Support tab on Bendix.com. Applicable information on the recall is available and refreshed often.

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