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Notice of road check.

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05-06-2014 17:36:05

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I just got this notice:

Notice of Road Check 2014
Nationwide Carrier Enforcement
June 3-5, 2014

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07-02-2014 06:36:20

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to J.Wondergem, 05-06-2014 17:36:05  
You just made my point even more... Not only do they have to pay the salaries of the troopers out of the fines they collect, but they also have to pay their inflated retirement.

It's not a "money grab" by the government as everyone claims. It's a big loser and a burden to taxpayers.

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07-01-2014 05:24:36

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to J.Wondergem, 05-06-2014 17:36:05  
If I say this enough, maybe it will start registering with people:

If this is a "money grab" it is the worst-run money grab in the history of man. The state would be money ahead just handing each truck driver a $50 bill as they drove through. What they collect from the few trucks they fine doesn't even pay the salaries of the troopers on site, let alone the equipment costs, the vehicle costs, the backoffice costs, the court costs, and on and on and on...

How many trucks that are inspected really get fined? jimg.allentown complained that they found a loose bolt on the 5th wheel, and it cost him $25 to get it fixed. Sounds like he got off easy to me. They could have slapped him with a big fine and put him out of service. Sure the repair truck was "convenient" but would he rather wait? Seems to me that the troopers were really trying to help out in that instance, by having a repair truck on site to deal with issues rather than writing up fines and putting trucks out of service for minor infractions and honest oversights.

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07-01-2014 14:58:29

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to mkirsch, 07-01-2014 05:24:36  
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MKirsch, please read my post again. This is BIIIIG money. A ticket is one time. Bumped retirement is every month for what? Twenty years? thirty years? forty years? For every state trooper on any state's payroll you are paying 3-4 more who are now retired. Firefighters have the same deal. Sure they pay in while they are working, but that is paid back in about seven years. In a few years more of your tax dollar will go to retirement for gov't. employees than anything else.

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07-01-2014 09:54:15

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to mkirsch, 07-01-2014 05:24:36  
I live on a state line. In my state,you hardly ever see a DOT cop,unless you call them to come and inspect your trucks and put a sticker on them.Step across the the state line and lookout. You have to deal with the DOT, state police,county mounties, and even the town cops. They are all DOT certified to generate money for their counties and towns. Friend of mine got pulled a while back by a town cop and was held 1 hr and 15 minutes while the cop read the DOT manual trying to find a violation. If you get pulled in that county you will pay a fine or spend a day in court.

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07-01-2014 04:43:48

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to J.Wondergem, 05-06-2014 17:36:05  
I drive a truck occasionally, and when the local scale is open all trucks have to get off and drive slowly through. They are usually inspecting one truck. One time they appeared to be working on three. Usually it appears that one guy inspects while three-four others chew the fat. It is most likely an overtime detail for the senior guys that are approaching their retirement so that their highest five years get bumped up, so that their retirement will be higher.

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05-07-2014 19:52:40

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to J.Wondergem, 05-06-2014 17:36:05  
Heard that same tired old song every year for 20 years. Never amounted to a hill of beans. A few states had a FEW scales open 24 hrs for the week, but look at the odds.....
10,000 trucks passing through per day. maybe 10 or 12 DOT cops on duty at the scale.
They can check MAYBE 5% of the trucks passing through. Best defense - stay legal, and go about your business. Always worked for me.

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05-08-2014 23:43:43

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to jimg.allentown, 05-07-2014 19:52:40  
same here been driving over 22 years and not one time been pulled into when a 72 hour inspection has been going on, hardly anymore activity than normal, just a big get together for d.o.t. cops probably. Where you think they would get extra cops from?

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05-09-2014 04:34:25

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to classicxl, 05-08-2014 23:43:43  
Extra cops are not really extra. Here in PA, all of the state cops are DOT trained. Just offered them a little overtime, and free donuts, and there they are. Unfortunately, the whole DOT thing is not about safety. It's about MONEY. How does it make the road safer to take hundred dollar bills away from a working man over a marker light? And if the guy's brakes are not up to snuff, how is it safe to fine him and then send him down the road? Then when the livestock hauler comes along. he gets flagged through - because the cops don't want to get dirty inspecting him! Once in Virginia, I was stopped at a scale and told that I had a loose bolt on my 5th wheel. Conveniently, there was a repair truck there who was happy to tighten the bolt for $25. Funny, they could not find anything else wrong. Then in Tennessee, the cop checks your brake adjustment with a 9/16 wrench. Nothing more than a money racket.

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05-09-2014 13:39:32

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to jimg.allentown, 05-09-2014 04:34:25  
I can not agree that all PA staties are DOT trained. I do not know the whole layout but having been on the scene of a rolled truck while we were hauling silage... We had to wait on DOT officer to come deal with the situation. The first trooper had no idea about commercial vehicles and called for a DOT trooper

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05-09-2014 19:29:06

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to cd1, 05-09-2014 13:39:32  
ALL of the new crop of "cadets" entering the force are being DOT trained. Maybe some of the old timers are not, but one "untrained" trooper does not invalidate my statement. I live here, and drove 18-wheelers for 21 years. I got this right from the troopers themselves.

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07-10-2014 13:26:26

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to jimg.allentown, 05-09-2014 19:29:06  
hate to disagree, however all means all. If one is not DOT then all is not possible.

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06-30-2014 11:28:21

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 Re: Notice of road check. in reply to jimg.allentown, 05-09-2014 19:29:06  
If they really wanted to catch something, why let anyone know they are beefing up patrols?? It's simply a money grab, just like the "click it or ticket" I am always amazed by how many people drive right into those well posted traps, then complain when they get a ticket....

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