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Constables crack down on commercial vehicle activity

Posted by Michael Hetrick

Information provided by Adrienne Graham, Smith County Public Relations

Precinct 2 Constable Andy Dunklin told the Commissioners Court this week, that his office has collected more than $5,000 in fines since October by cracking down on commercial vehicles illegally hauling heavy loads on county roads.

Constable Dunklin said there are 6,536 registered commercial vehicles that travel Smith County roads. The program is being enforced to ensure those trucks are operating safely, with a state or county permit and within the allotted weight limits.

"We want to educate truck drivers as well as enforce the laws that protect our county roads and the citizens that drive them," Constable Dunklin said.

Registered truck drivers are required to have a state or a county permit that allows them to operate over weight trucks on County roads. Fees from state permits are redistributed to help pay for road repairs. County permits are free, but do not allow trucks to carry as much weight as the state permits.

He said the majority of the truck drivers in Smith County are good stewards of the roads, and some companies go as far as footing the bill for road repairs along their driver's routes.

"We want to encourage and support the local businesses that depend on trucking by providing education on safe and responsible hauling," Constable Dunklin said.

The Constable's Office is offering two upcoming classes on license and weight compliance:

9 a.m.-noon, February 17, 2010 at the Lake Palestine Water Treatment Plant Conference Center, 14792 CR 192, Tyler, and

6:30 – 9 p.m., February 24, 2010 at Kinzie Community Center, 712 Mt. Sylvan Street, Lindale.

For additional information about classes please contact the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Smith County Constable's Office at 903-590-4840.

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