Rules of the Road

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

On average the Simpson County Weigh Station sees more than 4,000 trucks a day. While Vehicle Enforcement Officers make random inspections, it’s almost impossible to stop every single truck.

So drivers are expected to follow the rules.

Drivers can only be on the road for 11 hours before they must take a 10 hour break and drivers must stop at all weigh stations if they’re open.

They must also keep a record of duty status that shows how long they’ve been driving and where they’ve been. While theses logbooks could be easy to manipulate officers say it’s also easy to catch them up in a lie.

“It’s for safety reasons obviously we don't want someone who is tired, sick or not feeling well to be out here on the road with a 40 ton vehicle," Vehicle Enforcement Officer, Michael Bunch said.

If drivers are caught lying in their logbooks, they’ll be placed out of service for 10 hours and could face citations and fines.


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