‘CMV Enforcement Initiative’ targeted speeding truckers on I-68

On Wednesday, multiple law enforcement agencies in Maryland teamed up for a targeted Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) enforcement effort.

The enforcement took place on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on I-68 Eastbound from Frostburg, Maryland through Cumberland.

Participating law enforcement agencies included the Cumberland Police Department and the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) assigned to the Finzel Scalehouse.

Police say that the operation focused on “speeding CMV’s in the 45 and 40 MPH speed zones which have resulted in numerous brake fires and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) collisions in an effort to reduce these incidents.”

During the operation, 28 CMVs were stopped for traffic violations. Eighteen trucks were inspected by Maryland State Police. A total of 24 citations and 15 warnings were issued. Four vehicles were taken out of service for various safety violations. One SERO (safety equipment repair order) was issued.

Police plan to continue patrolling the area to curb speeding CMVs.

“One of the Cumberland Police Department’s goals for 2021 is to enhance commercial vehicle enforcement along Interstate 68, in the city limits of Cumberland. Our department is aware of the significant problems we have been experiencing with commercial truck crashes, and brake fires along our small section of Interstate 68 as its passes through the City of Cumberland. We recognize these events are dangerous and create problems that impact our community,” the Cumberland Police Department said in a news release.