Midland Cracks Down on Truck Safety 7/3/13
CBS 7 News
July 3, 2013
Weight scales and tread depth gauges, not part of your average traffic stop but, it's becoming more common in Midland.
The Midland Police Department began the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in March to reduce the number of fatal accidents and protect the roads from damage.
"Blown tires, tires that had almost no lug-nuts on them, overweight violations, air leaks, bad breaks," Officer Justin Bunch says these are reasons for which he writes many citations.
Officers Justin Bunch and Raymond Miller went through about 2.5 months of extensive training in order to conduct these types of inspections and they are finding glaring violations.
Officers not only stop and inspect trucks, they also check on the drivers. Many of which don't even have their commercial drivers licenses.
Officer Bunch says not only do these drivers not have the skills to drive the trucks, they are also not trained on how to inspect or maintain their own rigs.
"I just like to stress the aspect of the safety part of it, that's what we're out here for. Not here to harass drivers and companies but just to get them in compliance, try to bring down our number of fatalities in this area," say Bunch.
Once the citation is written, the officers make it a point to educate the drivers on why they are being fined and how to fix the problem.