ADOT to automate trucking checks at some entry points

State-of-the-art sensors will expedite commercial truck drivers' travel through state borders with weight and registration-checking systems, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

Drivewyze Preclear technology will enable more consistent traffic flow, with automated devices able to gather information from trucks without forcing them off the highway to check in at weigh stations, an ADOT press release said.

“Using cutting-edge technology allows us to enforce safety requirements on trucks that enter Arizona while letting trucks that comply with our rules to continue on their way,” Tim Lane, who directs ADOT’s enforcement and compliance division, said in the release. “We’re eliminating friction that can be costly for both the trucking companies and the state of Arizona.”

Lane’s department operates and oversees Arizona’s seven commercial ports of entry originating from California, Utah and New Mexico. Drivewyze Preclear uses geofencing systems and roadway-embedded sensors to recognize those vehicles registered with the service, check their respective weights and even ascertain their safety status, the release said.

As trucks navigate the road, instructions are dispatched to the driver’s cellphone or a logging mechanism in the cab. Only vehicles that exceed maximum weight requirements or are not compliant in paperwork will be stopped, although occasionally trucks may be randomly selected for general safety checks, according to the release.

ADOT hopes to decrease waiting times at Arizona’s commercial entry points. The system is expected to be implemented at specific checkpoints on Interstates 8, 10, 15 and 40, and State Route 68 and U.S. 93.

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