Arizona Department of Transportation enforcement officers have taken a rolling truck of horrors off the roadway.
Several months ago, during vehicle inspections in Payson, ADOT officers got their biggest hit, when they cited one driver with more than 20 violations.
It happened just as officers were finishing their day. A semi truck and trailer extremely overloaded with garbage and wrecked vehicles passed by, according to a press release from ADOT.
After an extensive inspection, 24 violations were found against the truck and driver.
Eight of the violations included various frame cracks and brake inadequacies so officers decided to pull the truck out of service.
Other violations included the truck being overweight on the tandem axle by 3,850 pounds, over height by 15.4 inches, over width by more than 9 feet, a blown trailer tire, defective brakes, improper securing of the load and several cracks in the frame.
The cargo consisted of scrap metal, a chopped trailer, and a Ford F-150 pickup.
Driver Jeff Reynolds, 57, of Phoenix, was cited for driving a vehicle in unsafe mechanical condition and was found guilty April 21.
The court ordered Reynolds to pay $2,200 in fines.
“This is just one example of the many commercial vehicle inspections conducted by ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division officers, which results in unsafe trucks being identified and placed out of service,” ADOT said. “This type enforcement action protects the motoring public by taking unsafe commercial vehicles off state highways.”