Missouri Cracking Down On Big Rigs

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SPRINGFIELD, MO. (KSPR) – A Missouri crackdown on commercial vehicles reveals a large number of violations.  A crackdown on commercial vehicles and big rigs on Missouri state highways has revealed a staggering number of violations.

Highway patrol officials say during the recent operation, they discovered one in four commercial vehicles were not safe enough to be on the roads.

I’ve actually been driving an 18-wheeler since 2008.

Sam Ferris has a routine.

First thing I do is make sure I get out of the truck. I open the hood up, and I just go from the front and check.

He then walks around the entire 18-wheeler, checking and double-checking.

Actually, go around the truck and do a physical inventory, to make sure there are no flat tires on the truck  to make sure there are no tears on the tire itself.

When I leave, it’s my responsibility to make sure it’s safe to pull out of any truck stop in America
During a recent crackdown, highway patrol officers found not every driver is as thorough.

During the inspection of 428-vehicles, they placed 123-vehicles and 28-drivers out of service for violations.

Everything from equipment violations, or if they’re exceeding weight limits and height requirements.

You might see where a driver is placed out of service, if they have exceeded the drive time for a typical day or typical shift.

We know that as you drive more hours behind the wheel, whether it be a commercial motor vehicle or a privately owned vehicle, we know that your chances of being involved in a traffic crash is increased.
The effort is to prevent commercial vehicle crashes that can be deadly.
Ferris says getting behind the wheel is not something he takes lightly.

When I get in this truck, I’m responsible for the motoring public’s safety out there.
I’m responsible for my own safety.
I’m responsible for this rig and its contents inside the trailer, which can go up to a million dollars, for example.

During the crackdown, Missouri Highway Patrol troopers identified more than 12-hundred violations on commercial vehicles.

And issued more the 260 citations.

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