Park City police take trucks off road in safety sting
The Park City Police Department recently conducted a safety inspection sting targeting trucks, ordering six out of the 16 stopped vehicles out of service, a part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to ensure commercial vehicles operating inside the city limits meet codes.
The police stopped the vehicles on Wednesday, Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving and a day when many construction and other commercial vehicles were likely on Park City roads as the firms readied for the holiday weekend.
The operation lasted from approximately 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Police officers within the department’s traffic division stopped the vehicles after observing violations such as driving with uncovered loads, failing to stop at a brake checkpoint on Marsac Avenue, speeding, failing to obey stop signs, registration problems and violations of state laws that outline required decals, according to the department.
The Police Department ordered the drivers to the parking lot outside Park City High School for the inspections. Four inspectors trained to comb through a commercial vehicle looking for safety violations participated.
The Police Department said a combined 58 violations were discovered on the trucks. The six vehicles were removed from service until the violations were corrected and the vehicles were “safe to operate on Park City and State roadways,” the police said in an online posting.
The action on Nov. 21 continued the Police Department’s safety efforts regarding trucks. It followed two months after a dump truck lost its brakes as it descended Marsac Avenue and crashed close to the Old Town roundabout.
There is a long history of trucks losing brakes on the steep stretch of Marsac Avenue between Old Town and upper Deer Valley and crashing as they reach the lower elevations. A runaway-truck ramp was built on Marsac Avenue years ago, but it has not prevented all the accidents.
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