Fairfax County Police lead random safety inspections on big trucks

An effort lead by Fairfax County Police has been serving as a sort of a DUI checkpoint for big trucks on Thursday. Officers pull over random trucks on Route 28 in Centreville, checking if they are fit to be on the road.

Officers say up to 50 percent are not safe.

If it's something that keeps trucks moving, these inspectors want to make sure it's safe.

"It's scary, there's no doubt about it,” says one officer. “A truck weighing 80,000 pounds coming down the road, if there's defective equipment it's a cause for concern."

Deputy John Saunders from Spotsylvania County has found significant problems with every truck he's checked today. Brakes usually top the list, he says.

"Seems like companies are putting off maintenance, things like that, because let's face it, times are tight," he says.

Edwin Arana would rather be driving than waiting.

"It's wasting time, it's wasting time," he says. "My truck is safe."

But it turns out that his truck, too, needs to be sent to pit row.

Trucks with violations are either fixed on the spot or get towed away.

"I think it's a good thing because it's a safety thing," says George Miller who is having issues with the brakes on his trailer.

It's costing him time and money, but he supports the reason why.

"Absolutely I do because it keeps the roads safer and it weeds out anybody who shouldn't be out there," he says.