Delaware, Maryland Police Target Truckers Bypassing U.S. 301 Toll Road

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Commercial vehicle enforcement officers in Delaware and Maryland recently conducted inspections on 85 trucks and issued 77 citations during a two-day operation targeting trucks that were bypassing the new U.S. Highway 301 toll road.

The Delaware State Police CMV Enforcement Unit and the Maryland State Police CMV Unit conducted the enforcement initiative on Feb. 28 and March 1 from 5 a.m. to midnight each day.

During the blitz, officers stopped 85 trucks that were found to be bypassing the tolls, all of which were inspected as a result. In addition to the 77 traffic citations issued, police also issued 50 written warnings for various offenses. Police also placed two trucks and one driver out-of-service for safety violations, DSP reports.

“During this operation, the primary goal was to keep commercial vehicles from traveling on roadways that are prohibited for their use,” said Sgt. John Samis, supervisor of the DSP CMV Enforcement Unit. “We have worked with DelDOT officials to ensure that there is proper signage to alert the truck drivers. We also keep an open dialogue with the drivers themselves to explain the issues caused by them using the wrong roadways.”

The U.S. 301 toll road runs 11.9 miles from the Delaware-Maryland state line to Delaware Highway 1. Tolls for five-axle trucks are $11 one-way with E-ZPass or $13 if the invoice is mailed to the license plate registrant.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Out-of-Service:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Hey Marc Lee, What is this US 301 toll road? I haven't been that way in years but 301 was my route of choice from Rt. 896 at exit 1 of Del. Tpk. south to Rte. 207 through Ft. AP Hill onto I-95 just above Doswell, Va. If it's now a toll road in Del. it would be great to know. I thank you for any updates.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Update to my reply, I googled the US Hwy 301 in Delaware and found my answer. Delaware began tolling US Hwy 301 from the Maryland state line to De. 1 on Jan. 19, 2019. From what I could see the toll is pretty steep as this stretch is about 12 miles and the toll is about $1.00 per mile for semi. I might be wrong on the amount but I travel this way in my 5th wheel when going into NJ and now it is expensive. They'll call it an improvement for the sake of making truck drivers pay for any and everything.

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