Indiana uses new technology to catch truckers breaking rules

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CHESTERTON, Ind.  — Indiana is the first state in the nation to test new technology to catch truckers who violate weight restrictions and other regulations.

The pilot program is designed and funded by Kapsch TrafficCom of McLean, Virginia. It uses scales embedded in the roadway along with cameras and laser measuring devices to weigh and gather other information about semi-trailer trucks.

The Indiana Department of Transportation and its partners held a demonstration Friday at an Interstate 94 weigh station near Chesterton.

Department Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said the technology is important because Indiana expects a large increase in truck traffic.

The (Munster) Times reports (http://bit.ly/1PSLnM5 ) that the technology was installed several weeks ago and is collecting data.

The Legislature would need to pass a law before the data could be used to issue citations.

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