By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Federal statistics show that around 3,000 people die in the U.S. each year after being involved in a wreck with a large truck.

Now, as Mike Schuh reports, the state is trying to cut down on the safety issues.

Maryland State Police know that every day there are unsafe trucks out on the highways. Now there’s a coordinated plan to do something about it.

Ten times a year, the lot outside M&T Bank Stadium is filled with tailgaters. On Wednesday, it’s filled with tailgates. State troopers sent out involuntary invitations.

“In recent months, we’ve had a number of commercial vehicle accidents in and around Baltimore City,” said Lt. Bob Hare, Maryland State Police.

Sixty state and federal inspectors are at the stadium and at two other sites. Trucks of all sorts are inspected there. Repairs have to be done at once.

The truck, the driver and the load all have to wait.

“You can see here, they’re weighing a truck. We’re having a lot of critical safety issues that are violations,” Hare said.

Paperwork for the trucks and drivers are also checked. The list of the top violations is similar every time they do these stops.

“A lot of brake issues, you look at some of the tires here–that they are either bald or flat–a lot of overweight vehicles and also driver violations where they’re not qualified to drive commercial vehicles,” said Hare.

The trucks that aren’t able to be fixed on site are taken out of service.

This special enforcement blitz lasts through Thursday.

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