Former State Police Director Critical of State's Non-Inspection Policy for Vehicles

JUNE 13, 2005 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A former head of the Arkansas State Police says more unsafe vehicles may be on the road now then eight years ago because the state has stopped vehicle inspections.  But John Bailey also says that with just ancedotal and no concrete evidence, but inspections shouldn't be reinstated.

Governor Huckabee moved to end the inspections in 1997 in a move to get rid of some elements of state bureaucracy.  Huckabee noted at the time that the inspections didn't result in safety violations being corrected because everyone seemed to know a friendly mechanic.

State Police statistics show that mechanical problems cause a small percentage of vehicle crashes in Arkansas, less than one percent.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)