‘Gators’ Causing Problems on Sacramento Roads

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SACRAMENTO—

There’s a big “gator” problem on Sacramento roads – they’re ripping up cars and the state is constantly picking them up.

“It’s a concern for us when we see all this tire tread separation, and also for motorcycle riders as well. So any time they strike these tire tread, they can lose control of their motorcycle and be involved in traffic conditions,” said Officer Adrian Quintero with CHP

One of FOX40’s news vehicles was hit by tire tread flying off a semi-truck a few months ago. The car sustained serious damage to the front fender.

With the weather heating up CHP, says truck tires are shredding and flying off the wheels more often.

What is left lying on the road is called an “alligator.”

“Where we have hot weather and its cooling down in the evening it effects the way the tires are going to perform,” Quintero said.

CHP says this re-tread is an economical way for truckers to get more mileage out of tires. But when it gets hot outside, and the road heats up, some tire experts say the re-capped tread comes off.

“We get calls on a daily basis and for us we want to respond out there and get it out of the way as quick as possible.”

The California Department of transportation is responsible for picking this stuff up. They say it takes their crews most of the day – and a lot of tax dollars – to remove it from our roadways, but it’s necessary to keep our roads safe.

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