Maryland State Police cracks down on unsafe trucks on Capital Beltway

Maryland State Police officials placed dozens of commercial vehicles out of service overnight in a sweeping crackdown on unsafe and overweight trucks traveling through Prince George's County.

The sweep, which took place late Thursday and early Friday morning, targeted commercial trucks and buses that travel through the county's portion of the Capital Beltway, which authorities identify as having one of the highest rates of crashes in Maryland.

Police inspected 351 vehicles during "Operation Tailgate." They impounded 35 vehicles and placed 25 drivers out-of-service. Another 108 citations were issued and 128 drivers were given warnings. Two drivers were even arrested on outstanding warrants.

80 percent of the drivers taken off the road were penalized for keeping a false logbook or because they were working beyond the hours permitted by federal regulations. Four did not have a proper commercial driver's license.