Call it undercover, call it unmarked vehicles, call it what you will, but for some, having a trooper riding along in your truck calling out violations just doesn’t feel right. I wonder how many of those pulled over were thinking about “that truck I just flew by had a trooper in it” when they received their tickets.
I bet Nussbaum is getting some dirty looks from everyone ticketed
Nussbaum Transportation, the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA), and the Illinois State Police (ISP) joined forces to hold a “Troopers in Trucks” enforcement campaign. “We [ITA] just, from time to time, work with the Illinois State Police,” was the response of Mart Hart, Executive Director of the ITA when local news inquired about the program.
“The Illinois State Police is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone traveling on Illinois highways. By teaming up with the trucking industry, and Nussbaum Transportation in particular for the use of their Semi and their facility, we help make our roads safer. We also would like to thank Matt Hart with the Illinois Trucking Association for their partnership. Driving distracted is a deadly problem which can have significant negative impacts on our families. ISP stands ready to serve the people of Illinois through education and enforcement.”ISP Captain Gregg Cavanaugh in a press release
Nussbaum is reportedly providing the trucks, complete with company logos and markings. No, this is not like programs in Florida and Tennessee where state police or regulators have their own trucks with department decals. The ISP likens this to “undercover work.”
The purpose of the detail is to allow troopers to use the higher vantage point of a semi truck to spot distracted driving and other violations that they might not normally be able to see. On a detail that occurred on July 28, the following interventions occurred:
- 16 distracted driving offenses
- 1 seatbelt violation
- 6 speeding violations
- 1 “Move Over” offense
- 8 Motor carrier violations
- 1 Out of Service violation
- 30 total citations/arrests
- 3 Written warnings
So the next time you’re flying down the interstate and see a truck driver with a campaign hat on, it might be too late for you. So slow down and operate legally, or it might cost you severely.