By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Department of Transportation officials are testing a new system that weighs and measures some trucks as they roll down the highway.

Officials tell The Clarion-Ledger that the $3.5 million system can cut the number of trucks stopped for inspections by 20 percent to 30 percent.

It's being tested at Orange Grove, a weigh station near Moss Point, but is installed in a van that can be used anywhere.

The department plans to use the Smart Roadside System statewide, hooked into a central database.

Enforcement chief Willie Huff says the system uses weight-in-motion sensors, infrared cameras and other technology to check driving records and credentials with federal and local databases.

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration grant paid for the unit.

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