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Published September 05, 2012, 08:49 AM

North Dakota troopers crackdown on oil patch trucks

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says an inspection of commercial vehicles in the state's oil patch netted 42 equipment violations that required trucks to be placed out of service.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says an inspection of commercial vehicles in the state's oil patch netted 42 equipment violations that required trucks to be placed out of service.

The Forum reports that 18 drivers were taken off the road for driver-related violations during a two-day inspection last week in western North Dakota.

Troopers say 263 commercial vehicles were inspected by more than a dozen troopers and other inspectors.

Troopers also identified 36 commercial vehicles with weight violations. The combined fees for those violations exceeded $46,000.

Lt. Jody Skogen says some drivers had log violations or were working excessive hours. He says some drivers were aware of maintenance issues with their vehicles but could not get them repaired because service shops in the oil patch were booked.

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