'Operating standards' crack down on I-65 in Indiana

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  1. c64basic

    c64basic Medium Load Member

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    Semi trucks found operating below standards

    Published : Monday, 29 Jul 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
    TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Truck after truck was pulled off of Interstate 65 on Monday, not for speeding, but for something else.

    "What we're doing today is we're using a piece of equipment that we have through the Indiana State Police to enforce commercial motor vehicle laws through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations," said Indiana Police Sergeant Rich Kelly.

    Kelly said it's all in an effort to keep drivers safe. He said they check the trucks for things such as bad brakes, poor overall maintenance, and weight limit. On Monday, those checks paid off.

    "We found several today that had several violations, not so much in the moving end of it, but over weight and also the lack of maintenance," said Kelly.

    Kelly said they pulled about 10 semis off of I-65 on Monday. Three of those semis were found to be not up to standards. In fact, one was found to be thousands of pounds over its weight limit.

    "We had several vehicles that were in excess of 7,000 pounds today over their registered weight," said Kelly. "When you add the weight to it, it does create a huge problem for these trucks to try and stop."

    That's something Kelly said drivers can expected to be sighted for. In fact, some tickets can cost drivers as much as $4,000. Kelly said any truck found to be over its weight limit is also towed, and not allowed back on the road. Kelly said it's all in an effort to make Hoosier highways a bit safer.

    "It's a precious commodity," said Kelly. "You have life on your vehicle, and you're responsible for it." Kelly said they do these patrols every year. In fact, he said they'll be out on I-65 again Tuesday, looking for trucks operating below standards.
     
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  3. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    I used to haul dried distillers grain out of South Bend in hopper bottom. There were a lot of drivers that would pull out weighing way over 80,000 lbs.
    Local farmers would also try to get you to gross over 90,000 lbs. hauling corn.
    A lot of hopper bottoms are overweight.
     
  4. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    I wonder if Indiana will start cracking down on these church buses, maybe they can help curtail the death and destruction they seem to be doing lately.
     
  5. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    Most church buses are not for hire so they aren't subject to FMCSR. They are private coaches.
     
  6. FLT 76

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    but THEY R IN VIOLATION
     
    dog-c Thanks this.
  7. Rooster1291979

    Rooster1291979 Road Train Member

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    Lets see an inspection station checking 4 wheelers for insurance, DL, and proper serviceable equipment. Tired of trucks being the bad guy. If you want to make roads safer check everyone. Otherwise call it what it is. "Making the Hoosier state highways more profitable for the Hoosier state."
     
  8. dog-c

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    Not to mention that 4 wheelers are the ones that cause 95% of accidents because EVERYONE has to speed and EVERYONE MUST GET IN FRONT of a semi even if its going 70-75mph
     
  9. Charli Girl

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    Yeah and they pay no taxes...ugh
     
  10. RickG

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    They can't be in violation of regulation s they are exempt from.
     
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