Maryland Patrol blitz issues 127 citations of commercial vehicles

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 4/12/2013

A stepped-up enforcement campaign at three locations around the Baltimore area netted 127 citations issued against commercial vehicle drivers.

The Maryland State Patrol said it conducted 562 inspections during its blitz enforcement at the end of March. The inspections resulted in 114 vehicles being ordered out of service, including seven trucks hauling hazardous materials; 21 drivers out of service; 11 overweight loads; 58 safety repair orders; and 402 warnings issued. Two persons wanted on warrants were also arrested.

Capt. Norman Dofflemyer of the state patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division said the patrol used a mixture of targeted and random stops during its operation.

“Some were stopped because troopers observed obvious violations; others were stopped randomly,” he said. “Some were stopped so we could check permits or lack thereof.”

Dofflemyer said some of the more serious violations included drivers operating without CDL licenses, and vehicles in extremely poor condition.

“We had a couple of dump trucks that had cracked frames,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of operations since I’ve been here at commercial vehicle, and this was by far the worst set of vehicles I’ve seen in a commercial operation. That being said, that’s not a reflection on the whole industry. The trucking and bus industry is generally very well-maintained. But there’s enough bad players that tarnish the good name of the others.”

A 10-year veteran of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division, Dofflemyer said the state patrol does at least a couple of stepped-up enforcement operations each year around the state, particularly on the Capitol Beltway and other high-traffic areas. This was the first time in six years, however, that the patrol organized an operation in the Baltimore area.

“It’s not uncommon that we do these blitzes,” he said. “This one was just more intense.”

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