Spokane sheriff's squad to hunt overweight trucks

| 5/13/2002

Spokane, WA, County officials believe they have a cash cow that will soon be milked for $1.2 million annually, according to a published report. County commissioners gave the go ahead Tuesday for a new sheriff's patrol that will target overweight trucks on county roads.

Six deputies will be hired this fall to bring the squad to life, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported. They are scheduled to begin prowling the byways in the unincorporated area by January.

The state patrol previously cited truckers who violated weight restrictions, but those teams were restricted several years ago to patrolling only state highways. Currently, deputies team with officials from the Spokane County Roads Department to conduct patrols, but only for about three weeks each year.

A $450,000 federal grant will cover a portion of the patrol's costs through 2005, with revenue from citations and inspections expected to more than cover the rest, according to the newspaper. The unit reportedly will generate as much as $1.2 million for the sheriff's office annually.