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State Police Start Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in County

Several state police commercial vehicle teams will be patrolling the beltway.

The Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Thursday will be conducting “Operation Tailgate, ”an initiative targeting unsafe and overweight commercial vehicles in Prince George’s County.

“Operation Tailgate” will target commercial trucks and buses traveling the I-95/I-495 corridor. State police personnel, along with state and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies will be operating stationary inspections and roving patrols in the area.

Several state police commercial vehicle teams will be patrolling I-495.

During the inspection process, efforts will be focused on locating wanted fugitives, impaired drivers, unqualified commercial vehicle operators, fraudulent documents and other unlawful behavior.

During the last “Operation Tailgate,” in July 2011, a total of 351 commercial vehicles were inspected. Of those, 35 vehicles were placed out of service due to serious equipment violations. Another 25 drivers were placed out of service.

Troopers issued 108 traffic citations and 128 warnings. Two drivers were arrested on outstanding warrants and one passenger of a commercial truck was arrested for the possession of marijuana.

The highly traveled Interstate 495 is one of the identified commercial vehicle high crash corridors in Maryland.

Walter Purvis November 03, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Benjamin Franklin once said: Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a folly
Clarence Glynn Jr November 03, 2011 at 10:01 PM
he also said, those willing to give up freedom for security deserve neither
Daniel C November 03, 2011 at 11:30 PM
I think the keyword is 'commercial' I hope that it is limited to commercial... Benjamin Franklin is also credited for saying: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Rick Hudson November 04, 2011 at 06:49 PM
The state has the right to check commercial motor vehicle safety. MSP is the part of the government tasked with that. If during the course of a routine stop, the officer discovers probable cause, he may search the vehicle. He can also ask to search the vehicle (8 out of 10 times dumb criminals give consent... watch Cops once in a while) and the cops find something and then arrest the criminals. This is not an attempt at suspending the 4th ammendment or any other ammendment (well, I am pretty sure the current state and federal administration would love to do away with the 2nd ammendment, but I digress). They are doing targeted enforcement which often times leads to finding things you weren't looking for to begin with. This is not anything to get bent out of shape over.
Ashley December 23, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Police departments have little incentive to focus on anything but whatever can net the department some money or grants. Traffic and drug violations end up being the priority, as they lead to more money, whereas focus on violent crime takes a backseat. If someone accused of assault is also thought to be in possession of marijuana, cocaine, etc., you better believe the police are going to focus their resources on catching him/her over someone accused of only assault where drugs are not involved. It's really all about the money.

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