06-03-08 Truck Highway Safety - BPD Officers Assist in Highway Safety Check
Boise, June 3, 2008 - The Boise Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit is taking part in a nationwide effort to reinforce safety on the nations highways as the summer travel season begins.
Boise Police Commercial Vehicle Inspectors, inspectors from the Ada County Sheriff's Office, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Inspectors are at the East Boise Port of Entry this week, Monday, June 2nd through Friday, June 6th checking every semi-truck that passes through. They will also be joined by officers who specialized in drug use recognition and by drug sniffing police K9's.
Specifically, the officers will be checking big rigs for:
- Commercial Vehicle Equipment Safety Violations
- Impaired Drivers
- Fatigued Drivers
Officers say the goal of the inspections is to hammer home the importance of comprehensive safety checks for call commercial trucks and busses using the nations highways every day, but particularly as families prepare to hit the road alongside truckers for the busy summer vacation season.
Besides safety checks, the inspections have already led to two arrests:
Suspect: Darius Asay, 23, Boise
Charge: DUI (m).
Officers at the inspection arrested the suspect Monday after he followed several trucks into the scales area, driving his SUV, nearly hitting several officers at the weigh station.
Suspect: Nestor Hernandez, 29, Los Angeles
Charge: State DOT Violations, Federal ICE Hold.
Hernandez was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail this afternoon when officers inspecting his semi-truck found him to be violating several state trucking laws, including driving with a radar detector, and falsifying his driver's log book. Officers say it appears Hernandez has been driving more hours than he's is legally and safely allowed. Hernandez is also on a hold from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.