Officials crack down on big trucks in southern California

| Wednesday, July 06, 2005

California truckers beware: the state’s highway patrol has its eyes on you.

The California 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 Press-Enterprise.

The added 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.”

California law 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.