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Officials crack down on truck safety violations in Irving

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State troopers and local police continued an operation on Thursday to make sure the big trucks that drivers are next to on the road are safe. Law enforcement officials were working in Irving, and ticketed truckers who were not happy. 

"Today, our troopers made 30 traffic stops, and they found everything from equipment violations including brakes, missing lug nuts…different types of parts that were missing," said Sgt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The commercial vehicle enforcement took place in a heavy construction area, where dozens of trucks haul dirt, rocks and other materials to and from work sites.

"Even though they are warnings, they still accumulate...on my driving record," said truck driver Juan Campos.

Campos says he's been stopped twice in two weeks. Thursday, a bad tire put him out of service and a day's pay.

"They're harassing us," said Campos. "I know they're doing their job, but why we getting pulled over?"

"While we can certainly identify with them trying to make a living, at the same time, they've got a family they've got to get home to tonight, and if something goes wrong with that truck that they didn't know about that we caught, we may have just saved somebody's life or saved the motoring public from that truck crashing on the interstate or something," said Haschel. "So it is all about safety."   

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