Dangerous trailers: Drivers caught making common mistakes

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - You could be towing a potentially dangerous weapon and not even know it. This week, Henrico Police are making sure people are following the law and not creating a potentially high-speed weapon.

When a green pickup truck arrived at the county landfill, it was towing a load of trouble

"Right now, this vehicle has no light wiring whatsoever. It's actually not even connected. So the officer will actually address that, and you can see how bad the fraying is on the wires, and how the wires are cut loose. That's probably why he doesn't have it. So he's in violation," said Sgt. A.J. Gordon.

Henrico Police caught the mistakes as part of a random trailer safety check.

ANDY: "So this one has a few things that are, at least, of some concern?"

AJ: "Yeah. We've got some concerns  because he has no working lights on the trailer. We've got some concerns because the brakes aren't working on the  trailer. He doesn't have that safety pin to lock that mechanism into place."

While not every trailer is dangerous, police found at least one violation on each one they inspected. With trailers, small mistakes can sometimes lead to big wrecks. That's why drivers like Fred Kunkel take safety seriously.

"I have grandkids and I'd like for them to come up the same way, to look at the law and make sure  everybody's safe," Kunkel said.

As for the green truck, the problems are easy enough to fix. And its driver, Antonio Zachery, says he won't make those mistakes again.

"I understand it's important, because I've been stopped before for it. So it's better to be safe than sorry," Zachery said.

There are three more trailer safety inspection events this week:

  • Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon at the Henrico Public Safety Building, 7721 East Parham Road.
  • Friday, 10 a.m.-noon at the Fair Oaks Station, 561 Eastpark Court.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon at the Henrico County Landfill – West, Ford's Country Lane.

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