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Tankers issued safety tickets in Holtsville

A highway safety checkpoint in Holtsville Tuesday ended in 51 summonses issued and 13 tankers taken off the road.

The Suffolk County Police Department motor carrier safety section, working with multiple government agencies, completed safety inspections on more than 50 trucks, meaning almost a third of them were deemed unsafe for the road, Sgt. Michael Mallin said.

“It’s disappointing but it’s not surprising,” Mallin said.

He said inadequate tires and brakes were common reasons for pulling a carrier off the road. Those that were deemed unsafe were not allowed to drive away from the checkpoint until the vehicle had been repaired or towed.

Mallin said his department only issued summonses for the most serious violations.

“We wrote about 50,” he said. “There were about 130 violations noted that we could have written tickets for but didn’t.”

The department worked with the Suffolk County Weights and Measures Bureau which conducted 57 checks of fuel carriers to ensure proper licensing and that delivery meters were within calibration limits. The county issued nine violations and one truck was condemned for short measure.

“Enforcement efforts such as this one enhance highway safety as well as ensure liquid calculation meter integrity to protect the residents in Suffolk County,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said in a statement.

The New York State Environmental Conservation Police also cited three fuel tankers for expired diesel emission inspections and one for an exhaust leak.

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