Inspection Enforcement Blitz Targeted Truckers Bypassing New Toll Road
Middletown, Delaware – The Delaware and Maryland Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Units recently conducted a two-day operation targeting truckers who they suspected of attempting to bypass a new toll road on U.S. 301.
According to authorities, the inspection blitz happened February 28 and March 1. Officials say they stopped and inspected 85 commercial motor vehicles that bypassed the tolls and operated along “local roads” which prohibit big rigs.
During the two-day campaign, police issued 77 traffic citations, 50 written warnings for various offenses and even placed 2 trucks and 1 driver out of service.
Police said the two units conducted the blitz from 5 a.m. until midnight and staggered their hours to ensure each hour was fully staffed.
“The mission of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit is to enhance highway safety by preventing commercial motor vehicle related crashes and ensuring the safe, secure transportation of persons and property by commercial motor vehicles,” said Sgt. John Samis, supervisor of the DSP Commercial Vehicle Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit.
“Through enforcement and education, we hope to greatly lower the number of violators which will in turn make our roadways safer,” Sgt. Samis said.
Samis went on to say the primary goal of the operation was to “keep commercial vehicles from traveling on roadways that are prohibited for their use.”
Further, he explained, “We have worked with DelDOT officials to ensure that there is proper signage to alert the truck drivers. We also keep an open dialogue with the drivers themselves to explain the issues caused by them using the wrong roadways.”
Jennifer Cohan, Delaware Secretary of Transportation said she was grateful to law enforcement for their efforts “to address commercial trucks who are attempting to avoid toll collection.” She added, “Local roads are not intended for use by commercial traffic which negatively impacts the local communities and road conditions.”
Officials also announced they would be conducting additional inspection operations in the coming weeks.