BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) along with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection saturation in northwestern North Dakota. The three-day event, held in strategic locations throughout North Dakota’s oil production region, took place August 28-30. The goal of these ongoing saturation efforts is to identify and address risk factors within the trucking industry to enhance the safety and welfare of all North Dakota motorists. More than a dozen troopers and inspectors from across the state participated in the event, including troopers from as far away as Devils Lake, Hillsboro, Fargo and Wahpeton.
The saturation effort focused on inspecting commercial vehicles and drivers for compliance with federal and state regulations. A total of 263 safety inspections were performed. The process included inspecting commercial motor vehicles and checking the qualifications of the drivers who operate them. The inspections revealed 42 of the 263 commercial vehicles had equipment violations that required them to be placed out of service. In addition, 18 commercial drivers were placed out of service for driver-related violations.
NDHP weight enforcement efforts during the saturation identified 36 vehicles to be in excess of legal weight allowances. Excessive vehicle weights contribute to accelerated deterioration of roadway surfaces resulting in safety concerns for motorists and expensive repairs for taxpayers. The operators of the overweight vehicles were assessed civil penalties. The combined fees collected for the weight violations enforced during this saturation exceeded $46,000.