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OVERLOAD VIOLATIONS REACH RECORD HIGH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2012
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has issued more overload fees so far in 2012 than in all of 2011. This year, troopers have enforced 1,295 overload violations, resulting in $2.1 million in overload fees, compared to $1.9 million in 2011.
Weight enforcement is an important component in the NDHP’s overall traffic safety mission as excessive vehicle weights damage roadway surfaces, which creates potential risks for motorists and expensive repairs for taxpayers.
“Our troopers are committed to protecting all North Dakota motorists, including the roadways they drive on,” said Colonel Prochniak. “Enforcing overload violations enhances roadway safety and reduces repair costs.”
The NDHP’s weight enforcement capabilities have been enhanced throughout western North Dakota through the reallocation of existing personnel and resources. Fourteen of the patrol’s 22 motor carrier troopers are stationed in western North Dakota.