Maryland truck checks climb 23 percent

| 8/29/2002

A story in the Washington Times reports Maryland State Police have inspected 23 percent more trucks this year. Troopers say the effort is to combat potential terrorist attacks.

For the first six months of 2002, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division reportedly performed 40,601 primary inspections, up from 32,859 during the same period last year. Troopers also weighed 805,000 commercial vehicles during this period, a 24 percent increase from last year 's total of 648,335.

Sgt. Doug Morris of the Vehicle Enforcement Division said police are staffing inspection stations 24 hours a day whenever possible, and at least 16 hours in most cases. Troopers also use 22 roving crews.

"It's a strain on a lot of the troopers because they generally work days or the late shift, and now they're working 24-hour shifts," Morris said.

There reportedly were 32,295 drivers who were issued citations "for a multitude of violations." Those fines totaled more than $4.9 million.

Of those citations, 8,342 were overweight citations. Troopers also issued 23,225 warnings.