State Police Step Up Parking Enforcement on I-83

Police release: Commercial truck parking is a "tragedy waiting to happen."

Maryland State Police are stepping up enforcement against truck parking on Interstate 83.

In a release Thursday, state police said they will begin strict enforcement of parking laws along I-83 between the Baltimore Beltway and the Pennsylvania state line starting Friday.

"Commercial vehicles parking on the shoulder of the highway cause extremely dangerous conditions,” Kimberly Smith, commander of the Maryland State Police Golden Ring Barrack, said in the release.

Except in cases of emergency, police will issue drivers citations that carry a $60 fine and no points.

Federal data show that tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles can contribute to crashes if they're parked on the shoulder, state police said. State officials said those drivers should access welcome centers, rest areas and weigh stations, or make other arrangements for safe parking off the highway.

Nick DiMarco September 06, 2012 at 04:34 PM
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Bob Vaughan September 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
If the State Police are really going to start patrolling I-83, instead of just giving out parking tickets, it would be nice if they started nailing some of the 90 mph speeders weaving through traffic just north of the Beltway!! This might require plain clothes cars.
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