Bad brakes. Bad tires. Loads that aren’t properly secured.
Those are all problems with commercial trucks that can be deadly on North Dakota highways.
And that’s why the Highway Patrol has spent the past three days doing random inspections.
Jim Olson shows us how troopers give big rigs a safety check.
Highway Patrol Trooper Joshua Anderson spent the past few days waving trucks to the side of the road.
(Joshua Anderson, ND Highway Patrol) “If I can have you open the door…”
And doing a pretty exhaustive check on the person behind the wheel…
And the truck itself…
(Joshua Anderson, ND Highway Patrol) “Turn signals, wipers, horn…”
Anderson and other troopers were looking over the big rigs from stem to stern
“Checking to make sure all the lug nuts are tight. Make sure all his tires are good.”
And that includes getting under the hood. And even getting up close and personal with the underside of the vehicles.
Sometimes it seemed the truck swallowed up Anderson.
(Joshua Anderson, ND Highway Patrol) “We’re doing the entire truck and driver credentials. We’re checking for equipment defects – that would be brake violations, lighting defects, driver credentials, and there’s a focus this year on hours of service compliance.”
He says the idea is to make sure the trucks we all share the highways with are as safe as possible.
(Joshua Anderson, ND Highway Patrol) “Most drivers and carriers do want to comply with regulations around here. We’re just assuring that compliance is happening.”
That means Anderson and his colleagues have to know a lot about the rules of the road.
(Joshua Anderson, ND Highway Patrol) “There’s a few pages of regulations that I have to be familiar with.”
And not be shy about delving deep into the workings of the rigs that roar down our highways every day.
(Joshua Anderson, ND Highway Patrol) “Have a safe day…thanks a lot.”
Jim Olson, KX News.
Numbers for this year’s inspections won’t come out until next week.
But last year, the Patrol inspected 509 vehicles, pulling 73 out of service on the spot and removing 19 drivers from the road for various violations.