Highway Patrol cracks down on commercial vehicles

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Highway Patrol cracks down on commercial vehicles

CREATED Feb 27, 2013

Reporter: Cory Marshall

TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) -  Cracking down on commercial vehicles; Nine On Your Side rode alongside Arizona Highway Patrol officer Marco Alvarez with the commercial vehicle bureau.

"If we don't keep an eye on the drivers, makes sure they're not driving over hours, not driving too tired or driving with equipment that's falling apart or something. When they cause a collision it hurts a lot of people," Alvarez said.

Commercial vehicle stops are unique. Officers do not need a reason to pull over an 18-wheeler. In fact, most stops start as an inspection.

And that is exactly the case in our first stop of the day. Alvarez checked the driver's log, license and registration. There were no violations.

A few minutes later, Officer Alvarez stopped truck driver Ruben Sanchez for speeding along a stretch of I-10 between Rita and Kolb Roads.

Upon closer look, Alvarez found the longtime truck driver was over his hours. By law, truck drivers are only allowed to drive for 11 hours straight before a break.

"Does that ever occur to you that maybe going over your log book a little bit might be a little bit of a safety concern on the road, not just for you but for the other drivers?" 9OYS's Cory Marshall asked Sanchez.

"No, net necessarily. You can do your 11 hours and still, you know, it's daylight. You've already eaten," Sanchez explained.

Dallas bound, Sanchez says if he were truly tired he would stop before someone else does.