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Local DPS Troopers Watch For Dangerous 18-Wheelers

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(KCEN) -- Local DPS troopers are out in full force this week, looking for 18-wheelers and buses that could put your family in danger. It's called Roadcheck 2014 and the officers are inspecting commercial vehicles at random.

On Tuesday morning, they were in Temple looking for violators. "Already this morning, they've stopped several trucks with defective brakes, cracked trailer hitches," Trooper Harpin Myers, Jr. said. 

Bad brakes, low tire pressure and falling debris are federal violations that put everyone on the road at risk. 

Bill Fleming has been behind the wheel of a semi-truck for 10 years without a single ticket or accident, but he says many truck drivers can't say the same, so he supports the inspections. "Actually I think it's a real good thing because it takes bad trucks off the road and that's gonna save lives," Fleming said.

A clean inspection without any violations will only take about 20 minutes, but a problematic inspection could last an hour. But what does a violation mean for the driver? "Kinda like a speeding violation," Corporal Ronnie Reed said. "He could have to go talk to the judge about it...or could get a warning..."
     
A long list of problems could take a truck off the road immediately. Last year, the annual effort found 21% of the vehicles had serious violations that put them out of service until repairs were made.

Roadcheck 2014 will be in effect through Thursday. Local troopers plan to be out in Waco on Wednesday for more random inspections.

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