Along Pecos Road in southeast Mesa, authorities stopped dozens of commercial trucks hauling lumber, trees, construction equipment and cement mix Wednesday morning.
Multiple agencies including officers from Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Pinal County, Scottsdale and the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division conducted the safety checkpoint off Ellsworth Road from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Mesa police detective Jack Broadhurst said there’s a large number of commercial vehicles that travel on Ellsworth Road taking supplies such as construction materials to Queen Creek and Florence.
Wednesday was day two for the checkpoints in the East Valley. On Tuesday morning, officers stopped trucks near Arizona Avenue and Germann Road in Chandler.
Authorities using portable scales measured the weight of the vehicles to see if the weight exceeded what the trucks were permitted to carry, said Cydney DeModica, spokeswoman for the MVD. They also check driver logbooks to make sure the drivers haven’t spent too many hours on the road.
MVD officers stopped 133 vehicles Wednesday and gave out four citations for having loads that were too heavy and for expired registration.
One truck was carrying cargo that was 47,949 pounds over what the truck was registered to haul.
On Tuesday, 22 trucks were stopped and three citations were handed out.
Total citation numbers from all the agencies involved won’t be available until Friday.
Broadhurst said a truck is built only to hold a certain weight and if it exceeds that weight there can be problems with steering, braking and the stability of the vehicle’s frame.
DeModica said authorities conduct safety checks throughout the Valley each week to inspect vehicles.