The Nebraska State Patrol, with the assistance from the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections on Wednesday in Sarpy County. The surprise inspections targeted commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.
During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Teams conducted 96 inspections, discovered 355 violations, and took 39 vehicles out of service, which means they are not allowed to continue on the road. Vehicles are placed out of service for a variety of reasons relating to bad brakes or tires, or other problems that pose immediate safety risks. In addition, five drivers were taken out of service, which means they are not allowed to continue driving. Officers issued a total of $5,490 in fines.
“The MAPS Team ensures truck operators who rarely leave the city limits are maintaining their vehicles and abiding by safety regulations,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “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. The MAPS Team extends our reach into cities and towns across the state.”
This was the 3rd MAPS Team event of 2012. Inspections have also been conducted in Lincoln and Grand Island this year. More surprise inspections are planned throughout the spring and summer in cities and towns across Nebraska.
The MAPS Team is funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Troopers check for compliance with federal safety regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, dyed fuels, and permits associated with commercial vehicles. The MAPS Team was implemented in 1998 and consists of 36 troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.