SACATON, AZ — If you ever travel through Arizona and get the feeling someone is watching you, it turns out it’s more than just a feeling and it’s not the usual way of keeping an eye out.
New cameras have gone up along a section of Interstate 10 near Sacaton, southeast of Phoenix, along both sides of the freeway, and more are on the way.
According to the Casa Grande Dispatch newspaper, the cameras are designed to check trucks to see if they are compliant with regulations and are not overweight. Sensors are embedded into the pavement that trucks will drive over to see if they are compliant or not. Also, the cameras capture information on the truck and run it through a database to see if the driver has the proper documentation.
The move is an effort by the Arizona Department of Transportation to implement new truck screening technology that is said will allow officials to conduct more efficient commercial vehicle safety inspections.
Plans call for adding the system in McGuireveille along Interstate 17, between Flagstaff and Camp Verde, and in Canoa Ranch on Interstate 19, between Tucson and Nogales.