CMV inspection blitz planned along I-94 in Minnesota May 22-23

| 5/22/2002

More than 220 Minnesota police authorities plan to inspect all CMVs around the clock on May 22-23 along I-94 west of Albertville in the test strip in an effort mostly geared to find out if drivers know what they're hauling. Capt. Ken Urqhart, the Minnesota State Patrol, said the main focus "will be on load securement, hours of service and driver knowledge of hazardous materials, not weight and equipment violations."

However, the sheriff's office will stand ready to assist troopers "in such areas as vehicle inspections, transports to our jail for warrant arrests and other custodial arrest situations, (including) K9 for narcotic detections, chase vehicles and any other various duties that may arise," according to a memo obtained by Land Line Magazine.

The sheriff's department hailed the effort as the largest "saturation undertaking" event in the nation. Urqhart said it was prompted by a Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division study done in 2001 on load securement that found drivers had little or no knowledge of what they were carrying or how it was secured. Urqhart said the effort was not related to terrorism, but to safety. "We think the key to safety is the driver," he said.