enforcement is up on Route 41 in Lake County, IL, and truck traffic
is down, according to published reports.
Sun reported, "Although interstate truck traffic on Route
41 dropped 20 percent during the past year, state police have
added 10 workers in northern Illinois - five commercial vehicle
enforcement officers and five truck weight inspectors."
additional weight inspectors, the agency was able to keep Lake
County's two weigh stations open five days a week. The weigh stations,
which are located along Route 41 near Rosecrans Road and Wadsworth
Road, are scheduled to receive new scales next spring that are
better equipped to handle the amount of truck traffic.
Part of the
increased truck safety enforcement is Operation Three Strikes,
initiated by the Waukegan Police Department with assistance from
the Lake County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police.
Inspectors from the three agencies are doing roadside safety checks
throughout the month of August, through the Labor Day holiday
operation Aug. 8, 24 of the 26 trucks flagged for possible violations
were put out of service after inspection. Violations included
one driving without a CDL, five uninsured trucks, and eight overweight
trucks. Other citations included 10 seat belt violations, 43 speeding
tickets and 98 warnings.