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DPS troopers stop 118 vehicles at Diboll weigh station as part of 'Texas Roadcheck'

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DPS Trooper Greg Evans conducts an inspection as part of Texas Roadcheck 2014. (Source: KTRE Staff) DPS Trooper Greg Evans conducts an inspection as part of Texas Roadcheck 2014. (Source: KTRE Staff)
DPS Trooper Greg Evans instructs a trucker stopped at the weigh station in Diboll. (Source: KTRE Staff) DPS Trooper Greg Evans instructs a trucker stopped at the weigh station in Diboll. (Source: KTRE Staff)
DPS Trooper Dale Baggett works under a big rig to check its brakes. (Source: KTRE Staff) DPS Trooper Dale Baggett works under a big rig to check its brakes. (Source: KTRE Staff)
DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) -

A three-day "Texas Roadcheck" operation by the Texas Department of Public Safety wrapped up Thursday evening.

The DPS joined state police forces nationwide to target commercial vehicles and drivers.

The Diboll weigh station on US 59 is where DPS troopers have been busy since Tuesday stopping18-wheelers and busses for a targeted road check.

"Hop on down and open up the hood of your truck and we're going to do a level one inspection," DPS Trooper Greg Evans said during an inspection.

The highest degree of inspection checks out trucks and trailers from top to bottom.

"When I give you a hands-up brake signal, just hit your brakes and hold. Don't release them until I tell you to," Evans said during an inspection.

Trooper Inspector Dale Baggett has seen his share of shoddy brakes, which are, no doubt, pretty dangerous.

"Eighty thousand pounds going down the road if all the brakes aren't working properly danger is an issue," Baggett said.

Tires and loads are also checked out.

"The tires are required to have a certain amount of tread depth for safety," said Trooper David Hendry, a spokesman for DPS. "Lighting violations, a lot of those load securement violations."

The DPS said last year, 21 percent of the vehicles they pulled over were so unsafe they had to be taken off the road. Lucky for this driver, he's on his way to receiving an incentive sticker.

"It's the gold star," said Trooper Earl Vicknair. "It's good for one year and it counts as an annual inspection and it also waives them from another inspection for the next month and the next two."

"I've been doing this for 40 years and i have 3 1/2 million safe miles under my belt," said Ray Hebert, a trucker.

The experienced trucker is glad to hear troopers are also on the lookout for aggressive passenger vehicle drivers - the cause of most commercial vehicle crashes.

"Stay behind a truck if you're coming up on your exit; don't get in a hurry and pass the truck and shoot right in front of them to make your exit," Hebert said. "Don't do it. It's an accident waiting to happen. What's three more seconds to your life by waiting behind the truck?"

That good advice came from one of the more than nine thousand truckers who will be stopped by Texas Roadcheck this year.

Roadcheck 2014 has already compiled some pretty impressive numbers from the Diboll weigh station. By the end of Wednesday, 118 vehicles had been inspected resulting in 30 citations and 147 warnings. Seventeen rigs were pulled off the road. Two drivers were sidelined. There were even two fugitive arrests made.

On the brighter side, 98 commercial vehicle safety alliance decals, those gold stars mentioned in the story, were handed out.

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