Beach County (FL) Sheriff's new trucking enforcement squad is
looking to expand its duties so it can track more trucks. During
the past three and a half months, more than 750 citations have
been issued to truckers.
unit took to the road in January as part of Sheriff Ed Bieluch'
s Safe Roads Task Force, which says it is also cracking down on
speeders, red-light runners and other dangerous drivers.
truck enforcement officers want to expand their inspections this
year to include weight violations, which carry hefty fines. The
sheriff 's motorcycle and road patrol deputies reportedly are
being trained to spot commercial trucking violations and to inspect
documents required for commercial loads.
the sheriff's office has applied for a federal grant that would
add deputies, pay for portable weight scales, laptops and radios,
and certify the unit for more extensive truck inspections.