Truck safety sting finds minor violations along Kearns Boulevard
Ryan Summerlin August 1, 2014
The Park City Police Department and the Utah Highway Patrol on Wednesday conducted a safety sting targeting trucks along Kearns Boulevard, the second such operation in two months.
Police officers and state troopers stopped 21 trucks, primarily dump trucks. The stops were not based on the law enforcement officers observing some sort of moving or equipment violation.
Marty Howard, a police officer involved in the operation, said 17 of the trucks were weighed to ensure they did not exceed limits. None were found to be above the truck’s weight limit. The law enforcement officers used portable scales to weigh the trucks.
Howard said seven violations were found between the 21 trucks. They were minor violations, such as issues with vehicle registrations or drivers licenses, he said, adding that the officers also found a seat-belt violation. He said the trucks and attached trailers were also measured to ensure they did not exceed a limit on truck and trailer lengths.
Howard said no moving violations were seen. The Police Department said none of the trucks were taken out of service during the Wednesday operation.
The law enforcement officers stopped the trucks as they headed eastbound on Kearns Boulevard close to the Comstock Drive intersection.
"It was a very good reflection on the enforcement we did last time, warning them we were going to stay on this," Howard said. "They know we’re not going to tolerate these kinds of violations."
The results of the operation on Wednesday are likely encouraging to the Police Department and the Utah Highway Patrol after a May sting found widespread issues with the trucks that were pulled over.
In the May operation, 12 of the 18 trucks were removed from service after the inspections. The Police Department at the time said a combined 24 safety violations were discovered on the 12 trucks that required them to be removed from service. An additional 71 less serious violations were discovered as well, the police said then.
The trucks stopped in May were pulled over after a law enforcement officer observed moving violations or visible equipment violations. That may have skewed the violation numbers higher in May as compared to the Wednesday operation, Howard acknowledged.