Cleveland Co. compliance check brings heavy police presence

Cleveland Co. compliance check brings heavy police presence

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 6:40 PM

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. -- Truckers coming in the state on North I-85 were greeted by dozens of state and local law enforcement officers on Tuesday at the Welcome Center in Cleveland County.

Commercial trucks were pulled over while troopers inspected their paperwork, trucks, and loads.

John Sheppard was one of the truckers who went through the inspection process.

"I think it helps, yes. How much, I'm not really sure about that, but it doesn't hurt," he expressed.

It's called Operation Road Watch, an initiative to make sure that commercial vehicles are in compliance with safety regulations.

North Carolina Highway troopers will be in the areas for the next couple of days.

"Not only does it help reduce collisions, but any time there is a special [event], it certainly gets commercial vehicle drivers talking." said Major Stephen Briggs of the North Carolina State highway Patrol

"It also gives us an idea of what type of violations are occurring routinely in these hot spots... anytime you take them (violators) out of service... that's a success," Major Briggs stated.

Operation Road Watch has also taken place along other state highways and interstates, including Interstates 40, 77, and 95.

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