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Safety is the goal of MDOT road check blitz

Safety of the motoring public is the primary concern, and it's not just the equipment that gets inspected. (Photo source: WLOX) Safety of the motoring public is the primary concern, and it's not just the equipment that gets inspected. (Photo source: WLOX)
Cargo security is one emphasis of this blitz. (Photo source: WLOX) Cargo security is one emphasis of this blitz. (Photo source: WLOX)
Drivers are also examined. (Photo source: WLOX) Drivers are also examined. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Keeping drivers safe on the highway is the primary objective of a safety inspection blitz in Hancock County.

It's happening at the I-10 weigh station, near the Louisiana state line. Mississippi Department of Transportation officers are taking part in a 72-hour road check designed to call attention to commercial vehicle safety.

“We enforce the federal regulations and state laws on commercial motor vehicles,” said Lt. Ricky Dubuisson.

These days, technology makes inspections and check lists easier.

“As soon as the truck hits our ramp we can tell you the tag number, the color of the truck, the trucking company, the address; the whole nine yards,” said Dubuisson.

Robert Lewis is a rookie on the MDOT inspection team, but enjoys ensuring that cargo arrives safely.

“We move around the truck, look at their lights, look at their tires, look at their fifth wheel," said Lewis. "Making sure the trailer is attached to the truck."

One emphasis of the 72-hour blitz is making sure cargo is tied down properly. 

“If you look at this strapping right here, this board looks like it's secure. But as this truck goes down the highway, the strap gets loose, this board can bounce out and actually fall out onto the highway,” said Dubuisson as he demonstrated how easily a tie-down can come loose.

Along with the inspection of equipment, MDOT officers also check out the drivers, making sure they are in good health and have an up-to-date log book, showing their drive times and sleep times.

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