Annual 72-Hour Big Rig Inspection Begins Day after Deadly Accident

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BENTON, AR – The tractor trailer accident in Clinton that killed two construction workers is on the minds of many law enforcement officers across the state, especially those conducting inspections during the Annual 72 Hour Mandatory Road Check.

Along I-30 just west of Benton, officers with the Arkansas Highway Police are funneling every single big rig off the interstate for 72 hours straight for random checks.

This three day continuous road check inspects commercial tractor trailers. 

Officers are inspecting these tractor trailers for everything from drugs, log books to make sure they aren’t over on hours, to maintenance checks.

Officers start with the log books for hours of service and checking for driver impairment, which inspectors say can often be the most dangerous factor on the road.

Some trucks are taken out of service and while it may be an inconvenience to the driver and their trucking company, it’s done with the safety of all drivers in mind.

Inspector PFC Andrew James said, “To get those trucks off the highways so they’re not, you know, running up and down there with your and my family.”

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s Annual Mandatory Road Check will continue non-stop and even over night until Friday morning at six.

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