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DPS Roadcheck 2014

Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - More than eight-thousand commercial vehicles were inspected in the State of Texas during the department of public safety's 2014 roadcheck.
Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - More than eight-thousand commercial vehicles were inspected in the State of Texas during the department of public safety's 2014 Roadcheck.

According to DPS officials, twenty-one-percent of those cars inspected faced safety violations.

"I had no idea that there were that many people driving with violations," said Cary Garton, a Midland resident.

It was a 72-hour nationwide enforcement period that ran from June 3rd to June 5th.

During DSP traffic stop inspections, a variety of safety violations were found, ranging from brake issues to defective vehicle lighting.

"We can't stop everybody, but what we do stop, what we do encounter, whatever traffic stop that we make, we enforce those laws," said Trooper Elena Viramontes, public information officer for DPS.

DPS officials tell me state and federal violations were also found, including improper logging of duty time, driving over the maximum number of hours allowed, and not having the correct type of driver's license for the vehicle.

"I see a lot of accidents, you know, than every before," said Gerardo Perez, a Midland resident.

According to DPS officials, a commercial motor vehicle is a lot different than driving a regular car.

"It's an 80-thousand pound vehicle that you're driving on the highway, so those drivers have to go through extensive training, they do have to take tests in order to get their CDLs," Viramontes said.

DPS officials say they've stopped people without proper licensing for their vehicle multiple times.

"He did not have a CDL driver's license. He had no idea what it was. So, we do see people that come from out of state and because of the oil boom, they wanna work. And they just get behind a semi," Viramontes said.

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