Olathe, Overland Park stepping up truck inspections - KCTV5

Olathe, Overland Park stepping up truck inspections

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Cities like Olathe and Overland Park are aiming their crackdown at some of the biggest vehicles on the road.

"If you are legal, it's OK, but if they are not abiding by the law, it's not good for you," truck driver Jake Zuydendorp said.

For Zuydendorp, the rules are pretty simple.

"You are suppose to inspect your load every day, but clearly that doesn't always happen with everyone that's out there, but we do," he said.

For those who don't follow the rules of the road, commercial motor vehicle check lanes are the last thing drivers want to run into.

"They are usually not happy, but it's part of what we do," Olathe Officer Jason Livengood said.

Officers pulled over about 50 commercial vehicles along U.S. Highway 169, east of Interstate 35, and at least 15 were pulled out of service.

"We have had a lot of violations out here on unsecured loads and overweight vehicles," Livengood said.

Vehicles found to be in violation had to park their rigs until they fixed whatever the problem was.

Authorities in both Overland Park and Olathe, KS, expect to pick up the pace on the number of check lane checks they conduct. The main reason is with all the construction projects and the BNSF intermodal project in Edgerton, KS, heavy commercial traffic is only expected to increase as the area becomes a major shipping and receiving hub - all the changes will take a big toll on the roadways.

"Overweight vehicles cause ruts in the road. If the vehicle doesn't have proper weight distribution in one of the heavy trucks, it creates dangerous tires, overweight tires, overweight axles, which is a danger to other motorists," Livengood said.

The same goes for loads that aren't secured, something officials saw a lot of out on the road Wednesday. The bottom line for officers is keeping the drivers in line so the roadways are safe and in one piece.

Zuydendorp passed his inspection with no problem, but that doesn't mean he's excited to see the officers again anytime soon.

"It's a little hassle," he said.

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