Delaware lawmakers have passed legislation that will allow for the use of camera technology to enforce truck routes without a traffic stop by law enforcement.
On Thursday, August 15, Delaware Governor John Carney signed a bill into law that will allow state and local authorities to use camera technology linked to a vehicle height monitoring system to record images of commercial vehicles that are using roadways that are prohibited. The system will monitor the height of vehicles and then photograph any vehicles tall enough to violate any restrictions.
Drivers who are caught by the cameras using illegal shortcuts would face a $250 fine for the second offense and a $300 fine for third and subsequent violations. A first time violation would only warrant a warning.
Officials say that law enforcement will review the the citations before they are issued by mail, according to the Delaware Republic.
DelDOT Nicole Majeski said, “As the Department of Transportation, we can put up as many truck restriction signs as we can, but it’s that enforcement piece that actually enables us to prevent the trucks from ultimately being on roadways then impacting the quality of life for those that are living there.”
Now that the bill has been signed into law, Delaware transportation officials will have a year to identify the roadways that they believe are good candidates for the camera technology.