Dillon cops target unsafe trucks on Hwy. 6
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DILLON -Faulty brakes, hazmat violations, driver’s license issues and bald tires: just a few examples of problems Dillon police found when inspecting commercial trucks traveling through the county.
“One truck was overweight by 4,000 pounds,” Chief Joe Wray said, noting that serious safety violations like these cause damage to people and property.
The Dillon Police put on a two-day commercial truck Inspection with the state last week. Inspectors set up three check points Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 – two along Highway 6 in both directions and one on Swan Mountain Road.
Out of the 534 vehicles weighed and inspected in Dillon’s town limits last week, 584 violations were found, Wray said. Fifty citations where given to the most serious violators, with fines adding up to almost $12,000.
Dillon police weren’t targeting specific trucks; they were working with commercial vehicle inspections put on by the Colorado Port of Entry, which exists to guaranty safe travel on Colorado roads by enforcing state and federal size, weight and safety regulations. According to the Colorado government website, Port of Entry has 10 checkpoints found throughout the state. The facilities are placed on major highways used by commercial truckers to enter or exit Colorado.
With so many trucks traveling through Summit County without upkeep, Wray fears it could be putting the community at serious risk. He recommends regular maintenance and inspections for commercial vehicles to limit accidents and deaths.
“Driver and public safety have been and will remain a paramount issue of the trucking industry,” said Patricia Olsgard, the director of safety for the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, in a letter. “As the largest organization representing trucking in Colorado, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association and its motor carrier members support roadside safety inspections and the removal of unsafe trucks and drivers from the road.”
According to Olsgard, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association promotes safety through various efforts, like giving technical assistance, training and education, research programs and cooperative programs with the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other agencies.
Dillon Police also provides a proactive inspection program for local commercial trucking companies. Dillon’s Sergeant Bo Schlunsen is certified to inspect vehicles for a small administrative fee.
“We want them to stay safe,” Wray said. “The goal is not punishment.”
The Dillon Police will conduct more inspections this summer, though no dates have been set yet.
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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