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MDOT makes inspections at Hancock County weigh in station

Officials say not only do the inspections keep the roads safe, they allow officers to see inside the vehicle to fight crime. (Photo source: WLOX News) Officials say not only do the inspections keep the roads safe, they allow officers to see inside the vehicle to fight crime. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Officials inspect nearly 3,000 trucks per day in the state. (Photo source: WLOX News) Officials inspect nearly 3,000 trucks per day in the state. (Photo source: WLOX News)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Keeping motorists safe is the goal for Mississippi State Department of Transportation officers.

One by one, 18-wheelers pull into Hancock County's weigh station off of I-10 for an inspection, allowing officers to identify trucks that aren't fit for the road.

"If he's over, he gets a fine depending on how heavy it is. On these, they actually read on two scales," MDOT Officer Trevor Lee explained.

Every day, through a series of services, MDOT officers meticulously inspect nearly 3,000 trucks that pass through the state. MDOT Southern Regional Commander Michael Forman says the mission is to protect the public.

"We're looking at air bags for when the truck does a suspension. We're looking at breaks," Forman said.

At the command center, officers also check a DOT reader that shows a picture of the truck, the tag number and the truck's DOT number. Forman says it is important to keep track of the truck company and its inspection history.

Using infrared cameras, officers can also detect issues with brakes and tires.

"As you can tell, it's reading the heat like on the exhaust of  that truck; it's glowing. You see the tires, you don't see any hot spots on the tires, so that lets us know that this guy is in great shape," Forman added. 

Forman says the infrared cameras don't just help officers catch problems on trucks. The cameras are also able to also see what's inside the vehicle, which helps law enforcement fight crime.

"Trafficking. We're seeing an increase in that. It's soon going to surpass the money that's made in the drug industry. Human trafficking is constantly growing," Forman noted.

Regardless of the violation or the crime, our road officers say they will continue to do what it takes to protect the public.

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