beware: the state’s highway patrol has its eyes on you.
Highway Patrol is teaming up with the San Jacinto Police Department for a month
of stepped-up inspections and enforcement within the city and in the
surrounding areas of Riverside County. The enforcement area is about 80 miles
east of Los Angeles.
The program began on
July 1 and will focus primarily on truckers who speed, drive with uncovered
loads and have mechanical violations, according to the Riverside
enforcement is the result of complaints of increased truck traffic along
Sanderson Avenue and Ramona Expressway following construction in the city, the Press-Enterprise reported.
“They act like they
own the roads here,” Kendra Jones, a resident of San Jacinto, said about big
trucks in an interview with the Press-Enterprise.
A spokesperson for
the San Jacinto Police Department told the newspaper that the enforcement
operation – which will be accomplished by special CHP weight-measuring trucks – is meant to prevent potential accidents.
“A mistake by an
80,000-pound semi-truck driver or even a car cutting one off could have deadly
consequences,” said Sgt. Kevin Vest. “We are just trying our best to prevent
something horrible from happening.”
forbids allowing any part of a load – except for clear water or feathers from
live birds – from falling from a vehicle, and carries a fine of $134 for any
object that falls.