Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Commercial Motor Vehicles Violations On Decline

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 22, 2006  
Contact Information:  Bobby Clue
Information Officer

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Commercial Motor Vehicles Violations On Decline

Aug 21, 2006 10:12 PM EDT

Speeding and weight violations by commercial motor vehicles has declined by 75 percent over the past three years in Eastern Kentucky. One man, who lost a son in a trucking accident, says there's still work to do.

"Back in the 70's, I hauled 45 to 50 ton," said Wayne Fleming.

For years, Fleming made a living as a trucker.

"I did the same thing then that I'm fighting against now," he said.

Fleming lost his son two years ago in a trucking accident. He was only twenty nine. He says until then, he didn't think of the implications driving an overweight truck.

"I just never stopped to think about the dangers," he said.

Since 2003, the number of Eastern Kentuckians killed in accidents involving commercial vehicles has decreased by more than 30 percent. The Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Post Ten in Pikeville has also nearly tripled their manpower over the past decade.

"The weight has decreased. I noticed the speed has decreased," said Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Jacobs.

Jacobs says the number of citations K.V.E. officers have written for carrying too much weight has also dropped. In April of 2004, nearly 80 percent of trucks pulled over were given citations. In 2006, that number dropped by almost 75 percent. Only three percent of trucks were in violation.

One trucker says he feels safer driving now.

Now that commercial vehicles are complying more with speed requirements, Fleming says drivers are now driving faster. He's says that's now a problem that could cost lives.

"The problem is not over with. If we go to sleep and don't continue our fight, it will be back the same way it has been," Fleming said.

K.V.E. says 95 percent of commercial vehicles in Eastern Kentucky are coal trucks. They also say truck drivers have been complying now more than ever.