Catching overweight trucks on camera

HERNANDO — New “virtual weigh stations” in DeSoto and Warren counties will weigh passing trucks, photograph their license plates and federal registration numbers, and check for up-to-date paperwork.

The Commercial Appeal reports that they will check registration, insurance and fuel tax permits.

And they’ll report overweight trucks and out-of-date paperwork to a compliance officer in the area, along with a photograph of each vehicle. The officer can then use the information to locate, stop and check the trucks.

Officers who find problems can ticket them or take other actions.

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials say the two locations were chosen because sensors in the roadways indicated that overweight vehicles were traveling them daily.

The Associated Press

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