MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — As trucks pass through the weight station on Interstate 91 in Middletown, DMV inspectors make sure they’re not overloaded.
Lt. Donald Bridge of the DMV Commercial Vehicle Safety Division says an overloaded truck can tear up the highways, requiring the state to repave the roads, and forcing you to fight through congested construction zones more often.
“When they are overweight and applying too much weight to the roadbed, it starts breaking it apart. So, this one here with the railroad 8 x 8 beams is overweight on the rear axles,” said Bridge.
While the driver fixes the weight problem, inspectors go over everything from lug nuts and tires, to brake lines and steering to make sure the truck is safe. Inspectors say a rig delivering trailers from Georgia to Boston had nearly a dozen violations, and some very serious violations, from bad breaks to bad paperwork, leaving the crews scrambling to get the truck compliant.
On top of that, DMV says the truck is too tall for Connecticut roads, one low bridge and there can be a disaster. The trailers can be peeled open and tossed back onto traffic, something the driver Gregory Jessie understands.
“They are saying the height, it has to be 13’6″ tall and we’re over. We have to fit under the bridge so we have to get it down, we have to do it before we leave here. We got to be safe, we got to be safe,” said Jessie.
DMV and state police also patrol the highways with portable scales and can make surprise stops if they’re driving along and see a truck that doesn’t look right, they can put over right there and check to see if it’s overweight.