Today, our Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration welcomed 16 investigators and 9 border inspectors as the newest members of our safety family. The 25 men and women are new graduates of the National Transportation Center Academy in San Marcos, Texas, and we are glad to have them join us.
The training these graduates received will help them fit right in with FMCSA's mission to protect the lives of the motoring public by improving the safety of commercial vehicles and their drivers. FMCSA pursues this mission by setting a high safety standard and preventing violators of those standards from operating on our nation's roadways.
And that's where investigators and inspectors come in. Over the past few months, FMCSA has shut down nearly a dozen motorcoach operators and seven interstate trucking companies. Those out-of-service orders that are protecting Americans from high-risk carriers and drivers are the direct result of hardworking inspectors and safety investigators.
It's simple; Americans deserve to share the road with commercial vehicles and drivers that are safe. That's why FMCSA, along with its state partners, is in the field keeping unsafe drivers, vehicles, and carriers off the road, and making our highways safer. Night and day, Federal and state inspectors and investigators have your back on commercial motor vehicle safety.
Safety Investigator Mark Halter conducts a curbside
We're digging deeper into dangerous patterns of unsafe behavior and practices among passenger carriers. We're targeting bus companies and conducting surprise vehicle inspections so we can catch the bad guys who disregard your safety. And we're drawing a line on repeat violations and patterns of deception.
With these "Quick Strike" teams, we are establishing a new paradigm for motorcoach safety. Today's graduates couldn't have joined FMCSA at a better time, and we thank them for their service.