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"Brake Safety" week aims to keep big rigs from getting into crashes

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - You don't see as many big rigs getting into traffic crashes in Wisconsin -- and the State Patrol wants to keep it that way. 

Starting Sunday, troopers will take part in a national "Brake Safety Week." 

The State Patrol will step up its inspections of brake systems on large commercial vehicles, and identify problems that need to be fixed. Inspectors also plan to show drivers, mechanics, and commercial vehicle firms about the importance of checking brakes on a routine basis -- and maintaining them properly. 

The safety week runs through next Saturday, and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association. 

Wisconsin has seen a 26 percent drop in large truck crashes over the last decade.