Mississippi System Weighs Trucks at Full Speed

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is testing a system that allows officials to weigh commercial vehicles while they're traveling at full speed, the (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported.

The system can reduce the number of vehicles stopped for inspection by 20% to 30%, the Clarion-Ledger said Saturday. It also checks driving records and credentials against databases

The Smart Roadside System is currently being used at Orange Grove, a weigh station near Moss Point on Interstate 10. It is housed in a van, and uses infrared cameras, weight-in-motion sensors and other technology for inspections.

Officials hope to install the system at all weigh stations in the state, but there is no timetable for the rollout. Each system costs $3.5 million.

A grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration covered the cost of the unit, Clarion-Ledger said.