Cracking Down on Tractor Trailers

By: WHSV Newsroom
By: WHSV Newsroom

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WCAV)-- Officers held a checkpoint on Jul. 29 to pull over dangerous trucks and get them off the road.

About three times a year State, Charlottesville and Albemarle Police and the DMV, combine forces to crack down on dangerous tractor trailers.

It didn't take them long to find trucks in violation of safety codes. It's a minimum of 26,000 pounds of steel on the road with you. And if that big rig truck loses control or has too much cargo and can't stop it can be a heavy weapon.

"That much weight with a tire blowout they could easily hit another vehicle, go off the road, flip over and cause serious damage serious injury or even death," said Sergeant Miller Stoddard, of the Albemarle County Police.

Aside from the threat of getting taken off the road, a violation isn't cheap. One of the trucks with the most violations was given a $1,700 fine.


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