Kansas enforcement effort takes truckers’ point of view

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Kansas is putting its state Highway Patrol troopers in the cabs of tractor-trailers to enforce traffic laws from a trucker’s point of view. It’s part of a new program called Trucks on Patrol for Safety that is running for seven weeks across Kansas. The purpose is to enforce rules in and around large trucks, and to educate the motoring public about the dangers that exist around trucks.

Each truck is equipped with five cameras and in-cab monitors, covering the front, back and sides of the rig. If the trooper in the cab — who will be armed with a radar gun — sees passenger vehicles or other trucks make a dangerous move around the truck, he radios ahead to have the vehicle pulled over, and then uses the video to back up the case against the motorist.