Vehicle Enforcement Stepping Up Efforts

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Two bus crashes in less than a month have Vehicle Enforcement ramping up their efforts to catch inspection violators.

Major safety issues like not recording sleep time, to having defective brakes were found in both crashes.

With so much traffic on Interstate-65, this might happen more than you think. The next time you or your kids are in a bus, it may not be up to code.

Vehicle Enforcement inspects every vehicle from commercial trucks to buses, and many times, question the driver and their ability to be behind the wheel.

"The driver must have on his possession eight total days so he must be current until the last day of his duty status," said Kearns, a Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer.

The driver's sleeping records must be recorded and easily accessible to prove they're able to drive. Many times, not keeping these records can lead to other violations.

“As a patrol officer myself, we typically stop them for speeding offenses, which leads to federal violations," Kearns said.

Kearns also said they don't have to have a reason.

"We have the authority to stop commercial vehicles without probable cause. I’m liable to stop a big company to a little company," Kearns explained.

Kearns said they can't catch all violators, but said Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is ramping up efforts with extra patrol.

“We have our 200 patrol officers patrolling Kentucky Highways,” Kearns assured.

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