Get Gephardt: A mere 152 citations written for uncovered loads in 4 years
(KUTV) — We've all experienced it. You’re driving along the freeway when suddenly a rock smacks your windshield.
Ben Vines says he’s had enough of it. He’s recently had to replace two windshields on his vehicles.
He has also noticed a troubling trend: trucks hauling rocks and other debris down the road with their loads uncovered.
“It's just a little negligent on the part of the companies," he said.
Not covering a load is illegal in Utah. But through court records, Get Gephardt found a mere 152 citations have been written to commercial drivers for not covering their load in the last four years. That's an average of 38 tickets written a year, or about one every two weeks.
The problem is certainly more common than that.
Get Gephardt hit the road on a random Tuesday, driving on the roads around the Point of the Mountain, and we observed dozens of trucks hauling uncovered loads.
When citations are given, tickets are written to the truck drivers, not to the company for which the driver is hauling.
Vines says he’d like to see more citations written to encourage drivers to obey that law, rather than making it his problem when a rogue rock comes bounding down the road.
"I want to make sure people are being held accountable for throwing rocks off their trucks,” he said. “It seems like a simple thing to fix if you just cover your load."