CO CMV Interstate "Crackdown" Rest Of May

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Troopers in crackdown mode on interstate for the rest of the month Heads up.

By Ashley -May 20, 2019 CSP I-70 The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has announced that they are focusing enforcement efforts on truck drivers traveling on an interstate that was recently the scene of a deadly pileup crash.

From now through the end of May, CSP troopers will be patrolling I-70 in Jefferson and Clear Creek counties looking out for any commercial vehicle violations, according to a report from the Denver Channel.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Blake White explained, “They’re looking for any violations that commercial motor vehicle drivers may be committing, including speeding, following too close or not staying within their lanes.”

White noted that mountain driving is a challenge for truck drivers on I-70. “When you come to Colorado, you’re not driving across the plains. It’s not a straightaway. Its curves and it can be steep grades, so we expect a lot out of those drivers because they have a huge responsibility when they’re coming down with those large vehicles, and that amount of weight,” he said.

Troopers say that the enforcement detail was planned prior to the fiery 28 vehicle pileup on I-70 in Lakewood that claimed four lives on April 25. In that crash, 23 year old truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos lost control and plowed into backed up traffic. He has since been issued dozens of felony charges, including vehicular homicide.

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A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • Interstate:

    Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

    HOS:

    Hours Of Service

    HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

    OWI:

    Operating While Intoxicated

Keith A.'s Comment
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I'm surprised it took them that long to announce it, I was expecting a crackdown before the end of April.

PackRat's Comment
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And I just read that the one that caused the whole mess made his $400,000 bond on Saturday night and was released. He made the money needed through online donations. He is charged with 40 felonies and gets out on bail. Guilty until proven innocent, but this is a bit much for me.

Rick S.'s Comment
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And I just read that the one that caused the whole mess made his $400,000 bond on Saturday night and was released. He made the money needed through online donations. He is charged with 40 felonies and gets out on bail. Guilty until proven innocent, but this is a bit much for me.

And if the NHTSA investigation finds there were no mechanical defects that contributed to this, and if was all driver error - he'll end up doing time for this (if he doesn't jump bail and go south of the border). Little has been said about his country of origin (just that his english was poor) and his immigration status (which would have to be a green card at minimum) - so getting out of dodge is not out of the question for this guy. Especially if his logs weren't squeaky clean. The company could end also up with some additional liability, if their maintenance records for this rig fell short.

None of this helps with the public perception that drivers are all callous brutes who care little about the motoring public.

Any way you slice it, Colorado sees this stretch of road as problematic, especially since traffic tends to get stop-n-go at this location. Safe conscientious drivers aren't going to have too much of a problem with this enforcement action - others are going to get hammered hard to show the public something is being done about the problem.

Rick

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PackRat's Comment
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And I just read that the one that caused the whole mess made his $400,000 bond on Saturday night and was released. He made the money needed through online donations. He is charged with 40 felonies and gets out on bail. Guilty until proven innocent, but this is a bit much for me.

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And if the NHTSA investigation finds there were no mechanical defects that contributed to this, and if was all driver error - he'll end up doing time for this (if he doesn't jump bail and go south of the border). Little has been said about his country of origin (just that his english was poor) and his immigration status (which would have to be a green card at minimum) - so getting out of dodge is not out of the question for this guy. Especially if his logs weren't squeaky clean. The company could end also up with some additional liability, if their maintenance records for this rig fell short.

None of this helps with the public perception that drivers are all callous brutes who care little about the motoring public.

Any way you slice it, Colorado sees this stretch of road as problematic, especially since traffic tends to get stop-n-go at this location. Safe conscientious drivers aren't going to have too much of a problem with this enforcement action - others are going to get hammered hard to show the public something is being done about the problem.

Rick

That was what I was getting at when I questioned this idiot judge granting bail.

Rick S.'s Comment
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And I just read that the one that caused the whole mess made his $400,000 bond on Saturday night and was released. He made the money needed through online donations. He is charged with 40 felonies and gets out on bail. Guilty until proven innocent, but this is a bit much for me.

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And if the NHTSA investigation finds there were no mechanical defects that contributed to this, and if was all driver error - he'll end up doing time for this (if he doesn't jump bail and go south of the border). Little has been said about his country of origin (just that his english was poor) and his immigration status (which would have to be a green card at minimum) - so getting out of dodge is not out of the question for this guy. Especially if his logs weren't squeaky clean. The company could end also up with some additional liability, if their maintenance records for this rig fell short.

None of this helps with the public perception that drivers are all callous brutes who care little about the motoring public.

Any way you slice it, Colorado sees this stretch of road as problematic, especially since traffic tends to get stop-n-go at this location. Safe conscientious drivers aren't going to have too much of a problem with this enforcement action - others are going to get hammered hard to show the public something is being done about the problem.

Rick

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That was what I was getting at when I questioned this idiot judge granting bail.

I dunno - if I were this guy, that GTFO of dodge wouldn't be a serious option. He's looking at going away for a LONG TIME. With all the "undocumented immigrants" flooding in and already here, he could "hide in plain sight", and not get caught unless he was arrested for something and his fingerprints popped a warrant.

Pretty much everyone is "entitled to bail", especially in cases of non-capital/non-violent offenses, though the risk of flight is high. Who would have thought he'd come up with $400K (or $40K and collateral). Whichever bondsman wrote his bond, is likely to be out some serious $$'s - unless he go-fund-me raised that much $$ and paid all cash (really unlikely, but stranger things have happened).

So I don't think the judge is especially an "idiot", he's simply following the law (in a state that grows more liberal with each passing day)...

Rick

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Colorado-fornia.

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