DPS Troopers Go After Trucks That Don't Meet Safety Regulations

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DPS troopers around Texas are on the lookout this week for 18-wheelers and buses with serious equipment violations. They're also keeping an eye out for drivers of passenger cars who make things dangerous for commercial vehicles.

Texas troopers are taking part in Roadcheck 2012. It's a nationwide effort to go after commercial vehicles that don't meet safety regulations. 

Troopers are also looking for truck and bus drivers who aren't supposed to be on the road.

The Texas Department of Public Safety's Tom Vinger says they inspected about 8000 vehicles in Texas during last year's effort. They found over 26 percent had serious violations.

"There are very stringent requirements on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.  They face much tougher regulation than a passenger vehicle does, for obvious reasons."

Vinger says troopers are looking for things like broken tail lights and faulty brakes.  They're also looking for commercial drivers whose log books aren't up to date, or who don't have the proper license. And even though drivers have been warned about the effort, Vinger says there's still a random element.

"Because in each area of the state, the weigh stations will be open at different times, so they really don't know exactly when they'll be open."

The effort also targets drivers of passenger vehicles who drive aggressively, creating a dangerous situation for buses and big rigs.

"People cut in front of them, they drive in their blind spots, they hit their brakes. Commercial motor vehicles obviously are larger.  They can't stop as quick."

The ramped-up enforcement effort runs through Thursday. 


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Gail Delaughter

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...