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.
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.
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,"
were 32,295 drivers who were issued citations "for a multitude
of violations." Those fines totaled more than $4.9 million.
citations, 8,342 were overweight citations. Troopers also issued