FAIRVIEW, Ore. -- A commercial truck safety blitz forced several drivers to take a break from behind the wheel after they were found in violation of too many hours driving.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Dept. conducted one of four yearly inspections on I-84 east near Fairview Thursday morning.
Law enforcement officers in patrol cars and on motorcycles pulled over commercial trucks for a violation, then conducted a full, half-hour safety inspection.
They looked at tire tread, if the load was secured properly and they examined log books of the driver's hours to see if they're falsifying them and going over the 11 hours daily maximum behind the wheel.
Driver Stephen Anderson of Spokane was pulled over for going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone.
While his truck hauling scrap metal came out clean on inspection, he knew why safety of his truck was so important to everyone on the road.
"It's actually very important because if we're shut down because of mechanical problems or violations, it costs us money," Anderson said. "Plus, I kind of strive to have a safe vehicle because it is my own rig, and it's my life on the line."
Officer safety is put at risk during these safety inspections as well.
Hundreds of cars zoom past the parked police cars without moving over one lane, like Oregon law dictates. It's a $260 ticket.