Some of the truck drivers who pass through Mojave and Barstow recently
got a well-deserved break courtesy of the California Highway Patrol.
The event took place at the Cottonwood Inspection Facility on I-5. Officers
handed out free food, free beverages, and other goodies. Officials say
about 800,000 trucks per year pass through the weigh station. In addition
to load weight, inspectors conduct a visual safety check, examine the
inspection sticker, and verify paperwork like the log book and drivers’
license. Most of the citations handed out are for weight violations. The
inspectors first give drivers a chance to shift the load, and then they
must unload until they meet weight.
CHP officers normally conduct either level two (visual) or level three
Veteran truckers know that the profit margins in this industry are incredibly
thin. Just a few extra cents per mile typically mean the difference between
making money and losing money. Safety violations, especially the way the
government catalogs them, are a financial double whammy.
First, safety violations may increase insurance rates, because companies
assume that poorly-maintained trucks are more likely to be involved in
crashes. That is especially true in California, where there are so many
restrictions on insurance premium increases. Secondly, safety violations
negatively affect operators’ federal safety scores, and a high score
may lead to license suspension, and even a few weeks of unpaid down time
is financially crippling.
The federal government, and some insurance companies, rely on law enforcement
data to determine driver safety. So, drivers who receive fix-it tickets
and take care of the deficiencies may see their
safety scores affected, even though the underlying cases are dismissed. Attorneys can rather
easily correct this erroneous data, because they know what to do, who
to call, and what supporting evidence to provide.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
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