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Street Squad - Overweight trucks

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Mansfield police and several other departments are cracking down on commercial vehicle violations, concentrating on Hwy. 360.

Mansfield police officer Thad Penkala says because of all the growth in Mansfield, they are seeing a lot of 18-wheelers.

"People need to be careful about cutting them off, about getting in and around them where these guys can't see them, and give them room," said Penkala. "Give them room to drive."

More than a half dozen North Texas agencies set out recently to ensure that only safe trucks are on the road.

"We've had some weights that have been pretty high," said Penkala. "We've had a couple of that have been over 10,000 pounds overweight, and of course we've had some brake issues out here, also. We've had a couple of trucks that have been taken off the road."

Penakala says overweight trucks are a serious concern.

"The way these brake systems are set up, they're set up stop a maximum weight," he said. "If you go over that weight, then you're really taxing the breaking system on these vehicles."

Truck driver Lawrence Fletcher says he had no idea his truck was overloaded. 

"Who do you think they are going to blame for the truck being overweight?" asked FOX 4's James Rose.

"Well, just to be realistic, they're going to say the driver," said Fletcher. "That tells you that in your book."

"I think it's great what they are doing," said truck driver William Vaughn.

Vaughn's truck was stopped as part of a spot inspection.

"Sometime it's not the guy's fault -- sometimes it be the maintenance department of certain places," he said.

Need help with your traffic problems? Call James Rose at 214-468-7432.

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