Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Police unit tracking truck compliance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Twp. chief says eight citations were issued in August

Whitehall Township Police Department’s commercial vehicle enforcement unit continues its spot checks this month to ensure trucks — mostly tri-axles — are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

In a monthly report from township police Chief Michael Marks at the Sept. 11 meeting, commissioners and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. were told the commercial vehicle enforcement unit will be on duty four days this month.

In August, Marks said, 14 commercial motor vehicles were stopped by members of the commercial vehicle enforcement unit and checked for federal and state inspection requirements, proper weight allowance (if applicable) and proper license, registration and insurance identifications.

Eight traffic citations were issued for infractions, Marks said. Incidents included a commercial motor vehicle placed out of service for bad brakes and lighting equipment and another for being over the weight limit to travel across the Cementon-Northampton Bridge.

A majority of commercial vehicles and tri-axle trucks traveling through the township are believed to be carrying fill and headed for a privately owned quarry off West Coplay Road. The trucks are often from out of state and, at times, appear to be part of a convoy because of the number of them.

Marks said even when the commercial vehicle enforcement unit is not out and about, police patrols, on regular shifts, are always vigilant in watching for vehicles that might be speeding and might not be in compliance with codes.