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Salt Lake County is cracking down on trucks speeding in Magna

11 pulled over during enforcement blitz; 3 citations are issued

MAGNA — Responding to resident complaints, the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office cracked down Wednesday on large commercial trucks speeding through Magna.

An enforcement blitz was held for several hours in the area of 8400 West and 3400 South. Eleven were pulled over by deputies, and three citations were handed out, mostly for brake and tire problems, said sheriff's deputy Scott Earl.

Many large dump trucks working on projects such as road repairs on U-201 and the Salt Lake City International Airport expansion use the gravel pit in the area, speeding through residential areas to get to and from construction projects, said Sheriff's Capt. Dave Burdett.

"We get complaints of trucks running red lights because of bad brakes or their loads are too heavy, speeding, load spills on the side of the road," he said.

The past month, in particular, residents in the area have complained of a high volume of truck traffic, Burdett said.

Recently there have been two or three accidents involving large trucks, he said. There were no major injuries in the incidents, "but every accident with (a large truck) has the potential," Burdett said.

Now that school is back in session, he said there was extra concern about the trucks that pass by two crosswalks on 8400 West.

"Every year this time is a big concern," Burdett said.

The sheriff's office has also been working with UDOT, and plans are in the works to put additional signs in the area reminding trucks to slow down as well as random enforcement blitzes, Burdett said.


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