Tow Truck Registration – Part 1
Most police officers who specialize in truck enforcement will be the first to tell you that it is not the most exciting job ever. There is one task that needs to be done, and when the roads are empty, it […]Read more
2013 Truck Officer Conference
This past January the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association hosted a truck officer conference at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in Glen Ellyn, IL. On January 9th, 2013, we are doing it again! If you are a police officer in Illinois […]Read more
Earlier this week, Illinois lost one of their finest. On November 26th, Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage had used his police motorcycle to make a traffic stop on I-55 north of Litchfield, IL. While standing alongside the car, he was […]Read more
Human Trafficking Conference for Law Enforcement
One of the challenges of running an organization like the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association is determining where to set up boundaries as to what the association will get involved with. Law enforcement and trucking are both complex and have vast […]Read more
Interview with the Michigan State Police
The Illinois Truck Enforcement Association is all about partnership in Illinois…whether between police, the trucking industry, or the legal community. In mid-October, leadership from the ITEA had the great privilege to attend the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials annual […]Read more
Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern seaboard last week. As the region began to recover, it became readily apparent trucking into the New England states was of the highest priority. Without fuel, food and other vital goods, the work could not […]Read more
Employee Classification Act
Legislation is always a double-edged sword. In any given bill, there are good reasons behind the writingRead more
Nobody likes to be alone. In a world with a million ways to connect to others through social networking, cell phones, and computers, studies show people feel isolated now more than ever. Clubs, teams, and associations are difficult to build and maintain because isolation keeps people at bay. Isolation occurs because somewhere along the way, one has forgotten to learn how to trust others. Many problems facing the trucking industry and truck enforcement are caused by isolation…the good news is there is hope in community.
Shortly after the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association began, a local truck officer called with some questions. There’s no shame in that…truck enforcement is a complicated endeavor and the ITEA exists to help sort it out. The interesting part of the conversation came when the officer said why he was asking the questions.
Apparently there was a new judge hearing truck cases in the officer’s courtroom after the old judge was transferred. For several years, the officer had truck cases up before the old judge and he had the justice convinced his enforcement methods wer correct. Now with a new judge, the officer began second guessing his enforcement methods. Fortunately, the officer was in fact doing things right by the law.
What was really happening was the officer was out doing his own thing and was not involved in the truck enforcement community. His network of other truck officers was limited. He did not have authoritative places to go to seek information to make solid decisions. Shortly after the conversation, the officer joined the ranks of the ITEA and successfully passed through the ITEA certification process.Read more
One Plate, Two Plate
Each year, legislation is introduced in Illinois to allow only one license plate per vehicle. Several states only require one mounted plate on the rear of the vehicle, but Illinois has yet to succumb to the peer pressure. For various reasons people want this law changed. Maybe it would reduce the cost of registration. Others don’t like the appearance of the front plate. Those with sports cars sometimes do not have mounting bolts or a way to even secure the plate on the front bumper. There are exceptions to this rule though, and five out six of the exceptions apply to 2nd division vehicles…but unfortunately enforcement of this violation is no Dr. Seuss rhyme as the post title suggests.
Law enforcement groups have successfully beat back opposition of becoming a one-plate state by making it a case for identification. Having a plate on the front of the vehicle gives the police a fighting chance to identify a vehicle in motion that is suspect to a crime. A rear-plate only cuts the probability of proper identification in half.
Let’s look at the exceptions to the two-plate law in Illinois…most of this can be found in 625 ILCS 5/3-413(b):Read more
21st technology is upon us. The ability to accomplish more in less time, with less effort, is increasing exponentially. The sophistication and speed of computers in today’s modern world have opened up doors to productivity that were only dreamed about a decade ago. One of the biggest areas of technological advances is in the use global information systems, or GIS. The precise pinpoint location information beaming down from satellites is truly astounding…and the talent of programmers to harness that data is just as incredible. In the very near future, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be launching a revolutionary way for truckers to obtain permits.
Currently, the IDOT permit office offers online permitting for a small selection of the vast array of permits authorized by the Illinois Vehicle Code. With thousands of permit customers ordering over $14 million worth of permits on an annual basis, the time had come to modernize the system. The product IDOT will soon unveil will provide permits not just for routine movements, but also limited continuous and eventually superload permits…instantaneously. It is called ITAP, short for Illinois Transportation Automated Permits. Over the last 18 months, the Illinois Department of Transportation has put GIS to work by creating a highly sophisticated and cutting edge automated permitting system set to roll out on late October or early November 2012.
Like all new things, there is a learning curve. No new technological initiative works 100% the moment the switch is thrown. The system requires data from people who make mistakes, so there will be some hiccups while the trucking customers learn the new way of obtaining permits. To prepare for this, IDOT has conducted several in-person training seminars for the trucking industry in both Springfield and in Schaumburg. They have recorded a 90-minute webinar to train customers about the system. Prior to the launch date, IDOT will conduct a live webinar to clarify any last minute modifications. Several emails advising the permit customers to study up on the new system have been sent out. IDOT has done their due diligence…if you are a permit customer, have you done yours?Read more