By David Lemke
Motor Carrier Transportation Division size and weight enforcement officers are taking advantage of weigh station camera systems to educate truckers of the folly in illegally bypassing when a station is open. From October 2008 through September 2009, size and weight enforcement officers were able to identify trucks that drove by an open weigh station and issue 701 citations or warnings to drivers. Most enforcement actions, 523 of the 701 total, occurred at weigh stations with the bypass detection systems.
Oregon has a reputation now for strict enforcement of weigh station stops. For example, here’s a posting at the Web site called coops are open:
“Vehicles over 20,000 lbs are required to enter Oregon weigh stations.
“Don’t even think about blowing by Oregon weigh stations. Oregon is spending big bucks to install cameras in the roadway- they’ll catch you if you drive on by. You’ll get a citation- $472 to $2,500- in the mail and have a court appearance to deal with.” Bypass detection systems are recording truck traffic in Oregon. The camera systems include one high-speed video camera that captures images of license plates under any lighting conditions and a second camera that captures an image of each vehicle. The entire stream of traffic is recorded on a DVR for playback at any time. This is not like the camera systems many cities have installed at intersections to catch vehicles running red lights. Those systems have a dual purpose of enforcing the law and raising revenue. Oregon’s weigh station bypass cameras are only there to enforce the law.
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