That dump truck driving by may not have been hauling anything other than a cop with an eye out for distracted drivers.
Maryland State Police used dump trucks as part of “Operation Trojan Horse,” a crackdown on motorists using cell phones while driving.
Troopers in the Trojan Horses — Maryland Transportation Authority dump trucks — identified motorists who were distracted by using cell phones or other hand-held devices. Police units would then make a stop of the violator.
This effort resulted in:
- 172 motorist contacts
- 113 citations
- 111 warnings
- 1 safety equipment repair order
- 4 commercial vehicles inspected with one driver and one vehicle being placed out of service
- 2 drivers with suspended driver’s licenses