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    Default MO - Commercial Enforcment allowed to pull over anyone!

    New program offers more patrols, safer highways
    The Fulton Sun

    Motorists beware - big brother has a new set of eyes on the roadway.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol has launched a new pilot program that it says will improve the safety of Missouri roads and also increase officer presence.

    For years, MSHP has operated a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division that was conducted by non-commissioned officers, who focused primarily on big rigs and tractor trailers.

    Under the new plan, these officers now will have the authority to stop any type of vehicle in violation.

    “What we've done is found a way to further enhance what the highway patrol is already doing,” MSHP Capt. Londell Jamerson told The Fulton Sun on Friday.

    The program, he said, is the result of a 2006 legislative action that transferred 20 full-time positions from vacancies within the CVET division and reassigned them as sworn troopers.

    In making this minor adjustment, Jamerson noted, the patrol now has the opportunity to expand their presence on the roadways, improve CVET capabilities, plus further engage in homeland security activities.

    While CVET personnel generally monitor commercial vehicles and enforce safety laws regulating the movement of special hazardous mobile equipment, the unit also assists Major Crash Investigation Teams in traffic crashes involving school buses and passenger-carrying motor coaches.

    Motorists traveling through Auxvasse and Kingdom City may recall seeing the CVET units parked along Highway 54 in white, cargo-like vans - but that too will change, Jamerson said.

    One of the perks of the program, he noted, are the new fully marked, two-wheel drive Chevrolet Tahoe patrol SUVs the units will be driving.

    “They're not only bigger, they're pursuit-ready and equipped with everything the officers need to do their job,” Jamerson said. “This includes equipment to do truck inspections, address weight or safety issues and assist in crash reconstructions.”

    Michigan and New York City have already added the new Tahoes to their units, he said.

    Missouri's new pilot program consists of eight troopers divided into two teams - one in the Troop D Springfield area and the other in the Troop F Jefferson City vicinity, which includes the Interstate 70 corridor and Callaway County.

    Tentative plans, Jamerson said, include adding 12 additional members by the fall.
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    JEFFERSON CITY - It's the first day on the job for eight Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers.

    A program made possible by the Missouri legislature and designed by the Missouri Highway Patrol has some officers on double duty. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers Pilot Program, or C-Vet, sent its first students out on the roads Monday.

    After six weeks of high stress, specialized training, four officers from Troop F that serves the Jefferson City area and four from Troop D which serves the Springfield area, will be able to crack down on commercial vehicles. And they'll do so in style.

    Sergeant Roger Shikles is tracking speeding trucks in his new Chevy Tahoe. Six weeks ago Shikles could pull a vehicle over for a moving violation like speeding, but then he was stuck.

    "We could stop them, give them the ticket for the moving violation but did not have the authority to inspect the truck and driver," Shikles said.

    Under the C-Vet pilot program, Shikles has been trained to inspect commercial vehicles for everything from overworked drivers to drug trafficking.

    "We've got a lot of it going up and down our highways right now. That's going to be one of our primary missions, drug intervention, along with homeland security," Shikles explained.

    The new fleet of Tahoes allow the officers to inspect cars and trucks. It also allows them to hold equipment in the back, such as a 'creeper' which helps the officers to get under the truck to inspect the brakes and the frame.

    Making sure larger vehicles abide by the law is a serious concern for every trooper.

    "There's a greater chance if there's an accident for greater injury or death, so anything we can do to mitigate that is good," said Lt. Vernon Dougan of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

    Shikles says the C-Vet troopers will continue training so they can respond to homeland security issues. The training will also increase the range of vehicles they can inspect. Twelve more troopers are expected to undergo training this fall.

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