The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced it will roll out new technology to maintain the state’s trucking industry efficiently and effectively.
Drivers across the state, especially in Phoenix, know about the large quantity of semi trucks on the roadways, and how they can affect traffic with accidents and more. To ensure trucks entering and traveling across the state have proper paperwork and are within weight requirements, the department, headquartered in Phoenix, will roll out sensor technology at seven commercial trucking checkpoints.
In the past, the Arizona Department of Transportation has relied on inspectors to monitor the weight, credentials and safety status of trucks coming into the state. This will change within the next month as the department begins using a system called Drivewyze Preclear, which employs cameras and sensors embedded in the roadway to scan trucks that subscribe to the service. This system could cut down on as much as 95 percent of in-person inspections at the upgraded checkpoints, minimizing barriers to the trucking industry and boosting the state’s economy in the process.
The system can detect issues with a vehicle’s weight or paperwork, and drivers will receive a notification on their smartphone or in-cab device to pull over for an inspection. There will also be some random inspections.
This technology will allow ADOT to use fewer inspectors at each checkpoint, but there will be no cuts to the workforce. Currently, ADOT cannot staff all of it’s checkpoints, so this will allow them to spread inspectors out, covering more sites.
This system will support the trucking industry, which allows for more than 75 percent of commodity deliveries and exports in Arizona.
Since 2015, ADOT has been testing a similar system near the McGuireville Rest Area on I-17, the Canoa Ranch Rest Area on I-19 and the Sacaton Rest Area on I-10.
The premier Drivewyze Preclear system will be available at the following checkpoints:
- Interstate 8: Yuma
- Interstate 10: Ehrenberg near the California line, and San Simon near the New Mexico line
- Interstate 15: St. George, just north of the Arizona-Utah line
- Interstate 40: Topock near the California line, and Sanders near the New Mexico line
- State Route 68 and US 93: Kingman
Learn more about this unique technology and it’s implementation in Arizona on the official website.