WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A kink in a hose and a flat tire may not seem like much, but it was enough to have one tractor-trailer pulled off the highway as an "imminent hazard" on Tuesday afternoon, as part of a push for commercial vehicle safety.
Matthew Epling, a transportation enforcement officer with the state Public Service Commission, checked the truck at the weigh station near Winfield and noticed a kink in the air lines for the truck's brake system and a flat tire. Epling had the driver keep his truck off the road and wait until the problems could be fixed.
The PSC's Transportation Enforcement Division started the commercial vehicle safety inspection at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. The 72-hour effort, which will continue through Thursday, is part of a national push to promote brake system maintenance and curtail driver fatigue, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
The three-day national check is a "saturated enforcement" to have officers looking at as many commercial vehicles as possible, Epling said. During the rest of the year, weigh stations are open to inspect trucks, but there's no guarantee that will work.
"People get in routines, and certain people know to drive at certain times when they won't get checked," Epling said.
Even during the 72-hour effort, trucks have to go through the checkpoint, but they're not all inspected. Some are waved on.
"It's impossible to check every single truck that comes through," Epling said. PSC officers did not identify the company that owned the truck stopped Tuesday, and the driver did not want to talk to a reporter.