Maryland police have said they will have future enforcement blitzes similar to May 8’s “Operation Tailgate,” where they directed hundreds of Capital Beltway truckers to a temporary inspection zone.
Early that morning, Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and other state enforcement divisions inspected 420 trucks directed off the beltway’s east side to Fed Ex Field in Landover. They also patrolled for trucks attempting to avoid the checkpoint.
Their efforts resulted in 87 vehicles and 12 drivers being placed out-of-service and one driver’s arrest on an outstanding warrant. One hazardous material hauler was placed out-of-service for not having the necessary shipping papers and an additional 11 commercial vehicles were found to be overweight.
Police also issued 177 traffic citations and 264 warnings for various commercial vehicle violations.
In recent years, Maryland enforcement officers have organized truck dragnets on Interstate 495 in Prince George’s County because it is considered a commercial vehicle high crash corridor.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.