During a surprise inspection blitz in Lincoln on Tuesday, the Nebraska State Patrol placed nearly half of the truckers inspected out of service.
The surprise inspection campaign was conducted by the NSP’s Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team. Troopers were targeting truckers who might normally avoid weigh stations, according to reports.
During the one day commercial vehicle enforcement campaign, troopers inspected 100 trucks. They placed 41 of those trucks out of service for safety issues. They also placed 5 truck drivers out of service for driving without a license, driving without a CDL, and for driving on a suspended license.
Troopers also uncovered 336 violations on the 100 trucks inspected. In all, $7,350 worth of fines were issued.
Said NSP Colonel Brad Rice, “While most truck owners and operators share our concern for safety, we know some think they can ignore safety standards as long as they avoid the weigh stations.”
This was the first surprise inspection event conducted by MAPS this year. More surprise inspections are planned through the state of Nebraska from now through the fall.
Last year NSP conducted at least 11 surprise commercial vehicle inspection efforts.