Like several other states before it, Kansas is putting its state Highway Patrol troopers in the cabs of tractor-trailers to enforce traffic laws from a trucker’s point of view.
But according to The Associated Press, the Kansas version of the trooper ride-along program is more high-tech than most.
Under the program, each truck will be equipped with five cameras and in-cab monitors, covering the front, back and sides of the rig. The trooper in the cab will also carry a radar gun.
If the trooper sees a four-wheeler make a dangerous move around the truck, he radios ahead to have the vehicle pulled over, then uses the video to back up the case against the motorist.
A similar pilot program, known as “Step Up and Ride,” was conducted by the Washington State Patrol in 2005. At least one other state – Kentucky – has conducted its own smaller-scale test of the program. Details for a nationwide rollout of the program, however, are still in development.