LANDOVER, Md. (WJZ)—Commercial vehicles traveling in and around the Capital Beltway region Tuesday were the target of surprise inspections, courtesy of “Roadcheck 2013.”

On Tuesday, trucks of all shapes and sizes were directed off the Capital Beltway into the parking lots of FedEx Field in Prince George’s County. Waiting for them were inspectors from the state police, looking for more than the mechanical defects that could violate safety laws.

Roving police units patrolled the surrounding area for vehicles attempting to avoid inspection at the fixed site.

Commercial vehicle inspectors examined 525 vehicles. Of those, 101 vehicles were placed out-of-service for major safety defects. In addition, 19 drivers were placed out of service for being unqualified to operate commercial vehicles. Police issued 181 traffic citations and 284 warnings for commercial vehicle related violations.

This inspection site is just one of 2,500 being staged across the country.

Roadcheck 2013 will span Wednesday and Thursday in other states. Because it takes a lot of people to pull off, it concluded in Maryland Tuesday afternoon.


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