One-Quarter of Commercial Vehicles Inspected Today On Capital Beltway Placed Out Of Service
A combined law enforcement commercial vehicle enforcement initiative today in Prince George’s County involved the inspection of more than 400 vehicles and resulted in 25 percent of them being placed out of service for a variety of violations.
Assisted by personnel from seven different police agencies, troopers, truck inspectors and cadets from the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division conducted one of their largest inspection operations of the year today. Commercial vehicles on I-495/95 were directed into the parking lot at FedEx Field where county and state truck inspectors stood by to conduct a variety of safety and equipment inspections, as well as weight checks.
A total of 438 commercial vehicle inspections were conducted. Inspectors placed 27 vehicles out of service for tire violations. Another 86 were placed out of service for a variety of other violations. One commercial vehicle was found to be 24,000 pounds overweight. Being placed out of service requires that repairs be made to correct the violations before the vehicle can head back onto the highway.
In all, 115 traffic citations and 251 warnings were issued. Additional focused enforcement operations will be conducted in the coming months.
Assisting police departments included the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Prince George’s County Police Department, Montgomery County Police Department, Howard County Police Department, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Greenbelt Police Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment. In addition to the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division personnel, assisting State Police units included the Special Operations Division K-9 Unit, Criminal Enforcement Division, Tactical Medic Unit, Forensic Sciences Division, and the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.