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Old 11-21-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Do you have any DOT Check point experiences to share?

While reading and posting to the thread "Pennsylvania Driver License" I discovered a lot of confusion for the correct class of license in a lot of states.

Have you ever pulled into a weight station, or been pulled into a DOT Checkpoint?

If so, could you please share your experience with us?

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Old 11-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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There's only one or two states that require non-commercial vehicles over a certain weight to stop at a weigh station. I think Maryland is one of them, but I can't be sure.

I've never gone in one myself, and never been stopped for a check. Closest I ever came was on the Mass Pike (I think - somewhere in New England, anyway), when the state police had turned a rest are into a truck safety check. I pulled in to have lunch, and they had blocked off all the long truck parking slots for the stop. I explained what I wanted to do to the guy directing traffic, and he got them to move one of the cruisers out of the way so I could park.

FWIW, I ignore the "Truck Speed Limit" signs too, even though we're as big as many tractor-trailer rigs, if not quite as heavy. If they want to restrict speed based on length or weight, they better post it that way.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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There's only one or two states that require non-commercial vehicles over a certain weight to stop at a weigh station. I think Maryland is one of them, but I can't be sure.

I've never gone in one myself, and never been stopped for a check. Closest I ever came was on the Mass Pike (I think - somewhere in New England, anyway), when the state police had turned a rest are into a truck safety check. I pulled in to have lunch, and they had blocked off all the long truck parking slots for the stop. I explained what I wanted to do to the guy directing traffic, and he got them to move one of the cruisers out of the way so I could park.

FWIW, I ignore the "Truck Speed Limit" signs too, even though we're as big as many tractor-trailer rigs, if not quite as heavy. If they want to restrict speed based on length or weight, they better post it that way.
There is a check station on I-10 in the FL panhandle. I might add as far as speed, I drive 60-65 on the interstate highways because my MH weighs 31,000 and doesn't stop as quick as a loaded semi. I have driven millions of miles in a semi and know what the stopping distance is for both rigs.
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California has posted restrictions for anyone towing limited to 55MPH same as the truck speed limit.
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I love in the FL. Panhandle never stopped at that station. Didn't know I was supposed to!
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California has posted restrictions for anyone towing limited to 55MPH same as the truck speed limit.
They are also lane restrictions if you are towing in California.
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I love in the FL. Panhandle never stopped at that station. Didn't know I was supposed to!
LOVE? So you are too busy to stop anyway

I do not LIVE in Florida just visit but have never stopped at weigh station on I-10 when passing by either.
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Probably in the late 1980's, on I-10 (van towing a Scotty TT) we stopped at that check station- Sign read "All trucks and Trailers Stop for Inspection". We were met with big smiles and a lot of waving us on.....
Both Indiana and Michigan show speed limits based on GVWR, don't know if they apply to RV's. If the law applies to "Trucks" it is usually only commercial.

Clayobx: We do too.....
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While reading and posting to the thread "Pennsylvania Driver License" I discovered a lot of confusion for the correct class of license in a lot of states. Have you ever pulled into a weight station, or been pulled into a DOT Checkpoint? If so, could you please share your experience with us? Thanks
I'm guessing you need to know the risks of not upgrading your license in PA. You need to upgrade because you are over 26K lbs and have air brakes. I understand it is pretty easy to do. I dont know if other states will care, but PA does.
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I love in the FL. Panhandle never stopped at that station. Didn't know I was supposed to!
I'm with you. I live in Texas but wife has family in Orlando. We've driven past that station several times. In fact, I drove right past that station not 2 weeks ago. I didn't stop, and no one came after me.

Did see any sign saying I was suppose to stop. I do recall it saying something about all trailers and rental trucks. As I don't qualify for either, I didn't stop.
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It is a Florida Agricultural Inspection Station-
From the regulations: FL570.15 "Florida Statute makes it unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than those exempted by the statute, to pass any official agricultural inspection station without first stopping and submitting the vehicle for inspection".
"Every law enforcement officer is authorized to stop and detain any vehicle and its driver if the driver has failed to comply with this section until an employee of the department arrives to conduct the inspection required or permitted by law. The law enforcement officer may require the driver to return with the vehicle to the agricultural inspection station where the driver failed to stop the vehicle for inspection."

Applies to all Motor vehicles,- except private passenger automobiles with no trailer in tow, travel trailers, camping trailers, van conversions, and motor homes as defined in s. 320.01(1)(b), or pickup trucks not carrying agricultural, horticultural, or livestock products and which have visible access to the entire cargo area, or city, county, state, or federal vehicles---
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So- I guess they can enforce it.
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Illinois used to have an RV speed limit (same as trucks) posted on the Interstates. As far as DL's, I thought all 50 states were reciprocal to the owners home state...
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The DOT inspection stations and weigh stations are set up for the control and inspection of commercial trucks that are governed by the Interstate commerce commission in the earlier years. Now today it is just the DOT. They don't want RV's getting in line with the commercial trucks for weighing and inspection of your fruit basket on your kitchen table. Now if you had a enclosed trailer with 20,000 lbs. of oranges coming out of Florida after a winter rest they might be interested if you stopped but most likely one in the station would say to the other.....look at that big RV and that car trailer, why does he think he has to come in here?.....wow that's nice though.........and the oranges roll north.........
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They don't want RV's getting in line with the commercial trucks for weighing and inspection of your fruit basket on your kitchen table.
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