The Arkansas Highway Commission recently approved a request by the state patrol to buy two infrared truck inspection systems to detect malfunctioning truck brakes. The system detect failing brakes by the amount of heat they generate.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, one of the infrared vans will be stationed in Crittenden County where Interstates 40 and 55 converge west of Memphis, TN. The second will be located in central Arkansas. Because the systems are mobile, officials say they also will be shifted to other parts of the state.
Arkansas is the fifth state to adopt the system, according to the paper, including Alaska, Kentucky, New Mexico and Virginia. New Jersey is also considering the system, used in Utah during the Winter Olympics last month.
Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee have tested the infrared system in a two-year pilot program jointly funded by the U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration and the four-state consortium.