State cracking down on overweight trucks
Overweight trucks will have a harder time sneaking by on North Carolina roads this week. The Highway Patrol is operating a one-week crackdown to catch truckers that try to avoid mandatory weight checks. Captain Everett Clendenin says the highway patrol usually catches up to 200 overweight trucks during such crackdowns. Clendenin says the trucks are a danger to drivers and to the roads. "This causes stress and problems on the highway structure, especially the bridges. DOT has done several studies on what happens when these heavy trucks are allowed to drive on our highways and we believe it costs over millions every year," Clendenin says. Weight-hauling limits vary depending on the size of truck, but the maximum weight on interstates is 80,000 pounds. Clendenin says fines range from $200 to just above $1,000. He says most violators are a few hundred pounds overweight. Clendenin says the highway patrol will set up portable scales along exits and alternate routes truckers commonly use to avoid official weigh stations. The crackdown will run through Sunday and focus only on commercial trucks. Clendenin says trucks that weigh more than the legal limit can face thousands of dollars in fines.