COLUMBUS - Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division have been conducting surprise vehicle inspections across the state with the most recent one in the Columbus area.
Sergeant Mike Maytum with the Carrier and Enforcement Division says the surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.
Sergeant Maytum says the team conducted 49 vehicle inspections.
“We located 148 violations of the federal safety regulations. We did have to place 21 vehicles out of service as a result of those inspections. Those are basically a result of safety violations that rise to a level that we’ve determined the vehicle can no longer safely travel until something is repaired.”
Sergeant Maytum says they also issued 22 stickers to vehicles that had no violations.
He says unless officers see an obvious safety violation, vehicles with a current sticker aren’t inspected on the roadside for at least three months.