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There are 17 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Nov 8, 2012, titled Albemarle Police on Lookout for Commercial Vehicle Violations - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA Ne.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

As the result of our continued commitment to highway safety, our officers are on the lookout for commercial motor vehicles with safety violations.

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Concerned Troy Residents

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Nov 8, 2012
How about patrolling Route 250 betweem Luck Stone and the Albemarle/Fluvanna line!? You will find a lot of trash trucks, gravel trucks, and other commercial vehicles that have a lot of safety violations (overloaded and overweight, tires pealing apart, etc....) Plus, if you want to write a lot of speeding tickets and increase revenue this area is definitely a hot spot for speeding vehicles. These vehicles take Route 250 because there is no law enforcement presence. When they are going on Route 250 they are speeding and you are not able to keep up with them. We know this because we pull out of our driveway a few seconds after them and they are way, way ahead of us. Then, when they get onto I-64 they are going, way, way below the speed limit and within seconds we are able to catch them. You ask why?! It is because they know there is no law enforcement presence on Route 250, this area borders with two counties, and they know there is more law enforcement on I-64 than on Route 250.
Wm Hitt

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Nov 8, 2012
It is about time...Too many are running red lights and speeding.....WM Hitt
Concerned Troy Residents

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Nov 8, 2012
We meant to say the I-64 exchange at Keswick/Boyds Tavern.
This is crazy

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Nov 8, 2012
How in the world is a log truck driver going to pay a 26000.00 fine? Good luck collecting on that. I'm a truck driver and a fine like that for crossing a bridge (by the way the bridge is still there) is insane.
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Nov 8, 2012
Albemarle cops need to stick with crime in the county which they totally ignore, and let the state police worry about DOD rules.
No Big Deal

Cumming, GA

#6 Nov 8, 2012
thinking free wrote:
Albemarle cops need to stick with crime in the county which they totally ignore, and let the state police worry about DOD rules.
This is no big deal. Dennis Harvey worked truck violations for years with the Albemarle County Police. He has now retired and somebody else filled his spot. The last I heard, they have a large heavy duty pickup and one man working this enforcement. It's not like they have devoted a team of 12 men to work this enforcement. For whatever reason, the Albemarle County Police feel they need to make what they consider to be a positive press release as often as possible. I guess it's better than having to read about the troopsdropping their pants and entertaining each other in the back seats of the patrol car like happened a year or two ago.
Jose

Washington, DC

#7 Nov 8, 2012
thinking free wrote:
Albemarle cops need to stick with crime in the county which they totally ignore, and let the state police worry about DOD rules.
DOD rules? The Department of Defense? Not sure what that has to do with big trucks!
Maverick

Schuyler, VA

#8 Nov 8, 2012
Wm Hitt wrote:
It is about time...Too many are running red lights and speeding.....WM Hitt
Yeah I know what you mean, I never see anyone in car running red lights, speeding or texting while driving. Us truckers must be nuts.
Jose

Washington, DC

#9 Nov 8, 2012
No Big Deal wrote:
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This is no big deal. Dennis Harvey worked truck violations for years with the Albemarle County Police. He has now retired and somebody else filled his spot. The last I heard, they have a large heavy duty pickup and one man working this enforcement. It's not like they have devoted a team of 12 men to work this enforcement. For whatever reason, the Albemarle County Police feel they need to make what they consider to be a positive press release as often as possible. I guess it's better than having to read about the troopsdropping their pants and entertaining each other in the back seats of the patrol car like happened a year or two ago.
The department has two officers working out of unmarked cars. I am a local dump truck driver and have been stopped by them before. Both of these guys are very nice and only doing their job. I appreciate there work at keeping our roads safe. I know some of the driver's don't take care of there trucks and I don't want my family on the road with them. I hope these guys take all the junk stuff off the rd.
Peter Sellers

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Nov 9, 2012
Why should what the police should be doing already considered news?
Peter Sellers

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Nov 9, 2012
This is crazy wrote:
How in the world is a log truck driver going to pay a 26000.00 fine? Good luck collecting on that. I'm a truck driver and a fine like that for crossing a bridge (by the way the bridge is still there) is insane.
You should be asking why in the world would a trucker disobey the posting about weight and ruin a good bridge. Is literacy the problem?
Gnu

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Nov 9, 2012
This is crazy wrote:
How in the world is a log truck driver going to pay a 26000.00 fine? Good luck collecting on that. I'm a truck driver and a fine like that for crossing a bridge (by the way the bridge is still there) is insane.
What's insane is that the company/driver is pushing load and stress limits to those extremes. If there were no fines, that bridge would become unusable rather quickly.
Guess who pays then
State Trooper retired

Brookneal, VA

#13 Nov 9, 2012
A fine of $26,867 is cruel and unusual punishment, but allowed under our system because it is a civil assessment. It becomes a tax lein on the vehicle.
Unfortunately, truckers pay obscene taxes as it is, and monies are embezzled by the government and diverted to things like social programs instead of fixing bridges.
Its ridiculous that truckers have to drive through neighborhoods and endanger children so as to protect crumbling bridges that should simply be built to spec.
State Trooper retired

Brookneal, VA

#14 Nov 9, 2012
thinking free wrote:
Albemarle cops need to stick with crime in the county which they totally ignore, and let the state police worry about DOD rules.
Agreed. The bridge the cops are defening are a stone's throw from where Morgan Harrington was found decomposing. Sell the truck enforcement cars, use the money to build an appropriate 2012 not 1912 bridge, and redeploy the manpower to stop a killer.
State Trooper retired

Brookneal, VA

#15 Nov 9, 2012
Gnu wrote:
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What's insane is that the company/driver is pushing load and stress limits to those extremes. If there were no fines, that bridge would become unusable rather quickly.
Guess who pays then
The sooner the bridge is broken the better; replacement will then be mandatory instead of deferred.

What if a house was burning on that road? What good is a bridge that can't be used by the fire department? That's what you have now. Sure, you can put up another McMansion but we are talking about people lives compromised to protect a silly old bridge.
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Nov 9, 2012
Peter Sellers wrote:
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You should be asking why in the world would a trucker disobey the posting about weight and ruin a good bridge. Is literacy the problem?
Truckers will always try to find the easiest way to get from point A to point B, weight limits? whats that?
No Big Deal

Cumming, GA

#17 Nov 9, 2012
Jose wrote:
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The department has two officers working out of unmarked cars.
So, 2 more officers taken out of patrol and assigned to gravy train specialized duties. Let me guess, they work daylight hours only, like all the other gravy train specialized duty officers do? This is why the city and county have no officers left over to work the evening patrol shifts now.

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