Safety is the goal of MDOT road check blitz - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

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.

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Bye Bye Birdie opens at Gulfport Little Theatre

    Bye Bye Birdie opens at Gulfport Little Theatre

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:13:47 GMT

    The 1960-61 Tony award winning musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' was inspired by Elvis Presley and the story surrounding his draft notice into the Army in 1957. 

    More >>

    The 1960-61 Tony award winning musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' was inspired by Elvis Presley and the story surrounding his draft notice into the Army in 1957. 

    More >>
  • Remembering Hurricane Camille 48 years later

    Remembering Hurricane Camille 48 years later

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:03 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:03:26 GMT
    A boat washed ashore after Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969A boat washed ashore after Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969

    August 17, 2017 marks 48 years since Hurricane Camille slammed into South Mississippi. 

    More >>

    August 17, 2017 marks 48 years since Hurricane Camille slammed into South Mississippi. 

    More >>
  • 1 shot at Goldin Sportsplex

    1 shot at Goldin Sportsplex

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:00:23 GMT

    Police are questioning a person of interest after a shooting in Gulfport Thursday evening.

    More >>

    Police are questioning a person of interest after a shooting in Gulfport Thursday evening.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly