By BARBARA GREEN
Nearly 20,000 vehicles travel across Montague County each day via U.S. Highway 287. Of that total, between 28 to 38 percent is truck traffic or vehicles with double-axles.
That is only a portion of the highway traffic that passes through Montague County traveling along U.S. 81, U.S. 82 and all other roads in between.
Texas Highway Patrol Trooper 5 James Bacon serves as the commercial vehicle enforcement officer in Montague County, a job he took on in mid-2014.
For the last two and a half years he has worked CVE in Wise County. Bacon, a 16-year DPS veteran, makes his home in Bowie with his wife Melissa and son, Lance.
The trooper thought it might be a new challenge to move into CVE so when the opening came up in Wise County, he applied and got the post. Today he is a fully certified level 1 CVE officer who can examine anything on a commercial vehicle.
Meet the county CVE trooper and learn about his job featured in the weekend News. Pictured: Trooper James Bacon stands with one of the portable scale machines he uses in examining large commercial vehicles. (Photo by Barbara Green)