VIDEO: How Does A Weigh Station Work?

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Anchorman's Comment
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How Does A Florida Weigh Station Work?

Senior FDOT Weight Inspector Dennis Hegman has over 22 years on the job. He explains the inner workings of a sophisticated weigh in motion scale located in Wildwood, Florida. Thank you to the Florida Department of Transportation for allowing this film to be made.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Pretty awesome video! Amazing technology they have. This is like Star Trek now. I can remember pulling into tiny weigh stations in the early 90's and watching the Scale Master sliding the weight back and forth on the scale arm like your doctor does to get your weight. The old scales were nothing more than gigantic versions of the scales you used to weigh people and they could only do one axle at a time.

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Terry C.'s Comment
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Great video! Although you can tell that at the end, all of those chicken trucks knew they were on camera because they were all in the slow lane. When a camera isn't around they're ALL in the hammer lane LOL.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I didn't intend to watch all 34 minutes, but this is solid stuff. I appreciate Officer Hegman's comments "I'm not out to 'get' you. My business is to keep all drivers safe."

The story about the man and his wife living in the truck is worth waiting for, and it shows Hegman's real humanity.

Anchorman's Comment
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I didn't intend to watch all 34 minutes, but this is solid stuff.

I agree! I encourage everyone to watch the entire video if you get a chance!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I appreciate Officer Hegman's comments "I'm not out to 'get' you. My business is to keep all drivers safe."

I'll tell ya.....the first time I ever went down to Laredo and saw the Mexican trucks coming across the border I realized in a big way just how lucky we are to have such stringent standards for trucks. My God there was nothing but duct tape and Band-Aids holding them together. I wouldn't have been surprised if the trailer was zip-tied to the tractor because they couldn't afford a 5th wheel.

Like everyone else in the beginning I had the ole "Outlaws vs Sheriff" kinda attitude toward the DOT. But from then on I saw the DOT in a whole different light. I knew without them doing their job we wouldn't have the beautiful trucks we have on the road.

Honest to God if you gave me a choice between the Wild West of Mexican Trucking versus the intense scrutiny of our trucking industry I'll take ours all day long. Sure I'd love to do whatever I like without worrying about the Sheriff hiding behind the billboard. But it's way more important to know you're driving a safe rig down the road. It's harder making money when you're dead.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jopa's Comment
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The story about the man and his wife living in the truck is worth waiting for, and it shows Hegman's real humanity.

"if she was acting, I give them the Academe Award!" rofl-3.gif

. . . I swear I was about to split a gut . . . good ending though, "I must a missed that registration ..." what a really cool guy . . .

Jopa

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Meper's Comment
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It was a very informative video. Thanks Anchorman.

Meper

Bryn J.'s Comment
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So how many will sleep over at a FL scale house? Sounds like they will not dot check you in the morning, or was that just at Mr. Hegman's scale?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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So how many will sleep over at a FL scale house? Sounds like they will not dot check you in the morning, or was that just at Mr. Hegman's scale?

I think it's the principle of low hanging fruit. Officer Hegman encourages the overnight stop because that's safe driving. Some lazy FDOT might want to check a few things, since the truck's just outside the door.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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