The Missouri State Highway Patrol is helping the Wright City Police Department enforce rules regarding overweight trucks to help protect local roads.
Wright City will see a larger number of Missouri State Highway Patrol officers in town as they monitor the city for trucks that are overweight, according to Police Chief Tom Canavan.
He made the announcement during the Dec. 14 board of aldermen meeting.
“I know they grabbed a couple at the beginning of this week or the end of last week,” he said.
Police Lieut. Aaron Sutton said the trucks were caught Dec. 11.
“I think they plan on continuing to hang around our town for a while,” Canavan said.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C public information officer Dallas Thompson confirmed that information.
He said Wright City had reached out to the highway patrol for additional enforcement in the area.
“So our commercial vehicle enforcement troopers will be working out that way more often and possibly doing some enforcement projects in the area to ensure the trucks working those projects are in compliance with state and federal motor vehicle carrier regulations,” Thompson said in an email to The Record.
Sutton said there would also be a mobile weigh station in the city. Thompson said the portable scales are in the police vehicle and can be utilized anywhere the officer chooses.
“So anytime or anywhere they stop a vehicle that weight is a question, they can weigh right there,” Thompson said.
The enforcement is designed to help protect Wright City roads from the extra strain of overweight trucks.
“If you do what you’re supposed to do, there’s nothing to worry about,” Sutton said. “And they’ll write tickets probably en masse if they find something.”
“Those are not cheap tickets,” Alderman Don Andrews said.
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