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Truckers Go to Class

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Many people can't wait for warmer temperatures, but there are some who have a hard time when the spring thaw arrives.
Reporter Ben Smith spoke with some truckers today and has this story.

This time of year comes as a relief for some, but it is also when truckers have to worry about getting pulled over for an inspection.


"You could be just driving down the road, not doing anything wrong, just being yourself, and you'll get pulled over and climb up your you know what." says Ken Brewer, an truck owner/operator


Ken driven his rig all over the country for over 10 years, he has gotten pulled over by the highway patrol on more than one occasion.


"It's totally random.  Every time you roll a scale, if they are up to it, they will pull you in and inspect your car, pull you over to the side of the road and check your log books and sometimes they will pull your hood, they get into your truck and check your breaks and all that stuff.  It's interesting."


This time of year, the warmer temperatures mean highways and roads receive the most damage from heavy truckers.  Many weight restrictions are in place, depending on where you are driving.  There are classes truckers can take to lessen their impact on the roads.


"Our goal is to get people in compliance with the state regulations that are out there." says Denise Brown, training coordinator for the North Dakota Truck Weight Education and Outreach Program


Denise works for the Truck-Weight Education and outreach program.  It is her job to educate truckers on keeping their loads regulated.


"We work through programs throughout the training so that they know the different tire widths, the different axle spacing so they understand it more clearly."


She also said that this class couldn't have come at a better time.


"There is a lot of lack of knowledge, the people who have been attending have definitely said that they are really enthused about this program, because they learned a lot about the truck configurations."


Equipment haulers, Aggregate haulers, and oil truckers are all encouraged to check out one of these classes.


Ben Smith, KXnews

On top of the restrictions already in place, load restrictions will be in effect on all highways west of and including US 52 starting Tuesday.
To learn about future classes, you can go to ndltap.org, the next class will be in late April in West Fargo.

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