Truck Enforcement Troopers Respond to Citizen Concerns on Rt. 210 in Prince George’s County
Multiple complaints from commuters and residents along Rt. 210 in Prince George’s County led to a commercial vehicle enforcement initiative last week that confirmed citizen concerns and resulted in an out-of-service rate almost twice the average.
Troopers and commercial vehicle inspectors from the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVED) conducted focused enforcement along Rt. 210 in the Forest Heights area of Prince George’s County. Numerous calls had been received from commuters and residents in the area who expressed concerns about unsafe commercial vehicle operations, especially involving dump trucks.
Although State Police had conducted similar operations along the same road, last week’s enforcement resulted in an out-of-service rate of 35 percent, almost twice the usual average rate of 18 percent. CVED personnel conducted 46 commercial vehicle inspections and placed 16 out-of-service for a variety of violations. Nineteen of the trucks (41 percent) were found to be overweight and 15 of those were so overweight, they were required to off-load before proceeding.
Troopers issued 52 citations and 46 warnings during the day long operation. One driver was arrested after troopers found he was wanted for failure to appear on charges that included driving while suspended, driving while unqualified, federal out-of-service orders, and multiple equipment and overweight violations.
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit plans to conduct additional enforcement operations in this area in the future.