Highway Patrol Cites 115 Trucks for Weight Violations

Posted August 16, 2007

— The North Carolina Highway Patrol recently finished its three-day weight-enforcement crackdown against commercial motor vehicles traveling through Orange County.

It was part of an effort by the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety to enforce the state's laws and regulations pertaining to tractor-trailer trucks and other large vehicles.

The crackdown produced the following results:

  • 115 trucks cited for weight violations
  • 1,172,000 over-weight pounds
  • $63,748 over-weight fines
  • 135 commercial motor vehicles inspected by troopers
  • 115 driver violations (36 removed from service)
  • 150 truck violations (49 trucks removed from service)
  • $8,425 out-of-service fines

Out-of-service violations are serious and result in the driver or the vehicle being placed out of service, according to Highway Patrol officials. The truck or driver will not be allowed to operate on the highway until all safety violations are corrected and fines are paid.

Trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds cause an estimated $130 million in damages to state roads each year, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A weigh station on Interstate 40 in Hillsborough inspects carriers, but Crime Control Secretary Bryan Beatty said some drivers avoid the checkpoints on the interstates by traveling along secondary roads.

"So, that's why this operation. We're focusing on those trucks that appear to be intentionally avoiding the weigh station, because those are the ones that are more likely to be overweight and have safety violations," Beatty said.

One way state troopers did so was by taking the weigh station out on the secondary roads. They used portable scales and placed them underneath each tire on a vehicle.

Veteran truckers said most drivers stay within the limit.

"The revenue you would make from hauling the extra weight is probably not worth the risk," said Earnest Woodruff with Smithfield Trucking. "So, most truckers are smart enough now to not try to take that risk. It's just not worth it."


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  • naturegirl Aug 17, 2007

    This story is related to the one about how the State and local cities are having to pay more money for road maintenance costs. Over weight trucks are not restricted to this part of the state but are everywhere. DMV or HP should be setting up scales whereever there are dump trucks working around construction. They'd make a lot of $$ in Cary where the housing construction is running rampant.

  • 1_at_Risk Aug 17, 2007

    I know two former DMV officers that were accessing fines for that much weight or more per month. The DMV officers that worked District 3 lead the state in enforcement action with the number of weight penalties accessed. Why don't WRAL investigate the the amount of penalties accessed pre 2003 versus post 2003.

  • 68_polara Aug 17, 2007

    Not me... if I were to work in law enforcement I would join a police to fight actual crime.

  • roadtrash Aug 17, 2007

    Anyone bashing NCSHP on this...good news. They are extremely understaffed and are currently hiring. Apply now and be part of the solution and stop your b*tching.

  • bosoxbaby Aug 17, 2007

    68_polara - it's probably more like 90% & most of the time truckers don't load their own trucks. Someone at a warehouse somewhere making minimum wage at best is loading it. What do they care, they don't get the ticket & usually neither do the trucking companies that contract/hire them.

    Thanks to those actually defending truckers. I get so mad when people start bad mouthing them. My dad & uncles have been doing this thankless job for 30+ years. I spent most of my summers on the road w/my dad & you guys just don't have a clue what they go through. Cars cutting them off or pulling out in front of them. They're working stiffs just like the rest of us so cut em some slack. The car you drive, food you eat, clothes you wear, homes you live in...ALL delivered by a trucker!!! Let's see how many of you complaining would work the hours they work & put up with the rude, crude drivers & cops they deal with daily. Walk a mile in their shoes before you complain about them.

  • 68_polara Aug 17, 2007

    Probably at least 60% of the locations where trucks are loaded don't have scales so it's guess work for the driver to determine when to stop loading and how to load the cargo. It's just another way for the state to take advantage of working people.

  • Timbo Aug 17, 2007

    The DMV needs to be out their everyday pulling trucks they suspect of being overloaded. They should hire more DMV officers to enforce the trucking laws, as the money we save from having to fix damaged roads would probably offset the extra FTE costs.

  • pete Aug 17, 2007

    people wake up, this is what they call a dog and pony show ,oow, ahh look at what the new highway patrol/dmv are doing to keep our roads safe , it's all about the money ,dmv fines for big trucks are over inflated because they know that we have no way to fight it, an out of service sticker can , and has been placed on a truck just because the driver had a bad attitude, i have seen this happen ,dmv inspectors have a quota to meet , when a truck is inspected ,the driver is at the inspectors mercy because the way the system is set up, he is cop,jury and judge, all in one little blue package that is already mad because he isn't good enough to be a real highway patrolman.

  • mt1190 Aug 17, 2007

    I think some of you car drivers need to take a ride with a truck driver just to see what they put up with the rest of you just need to get over yourself.

  • ORMA Aug 17, 2007

    OK. So the NCHP is cracking down for a few days o overweight trucks. When are they going to do something about all of the trucks on our roads that are consistently traveling well over the posted speed limit. I drive 64 in a 55 every day and I get tailgated and passed by tractor trailers every time I drive. They fly by me like I am sitting still yet nothing is done about it. I have watched NCHP pull a car for speeding when that car was passed by a truck all in plain view of the NCHP. What gives? Are there payoffs being made somewhere?