Kansas City Star: Heavier trucks would make highways more dangerous, says Sheriff

As America’s crossroads and the midpoint to both the East and West coasts, Kansas is a hotbed of trucking activity. There is little argument that the trucking industry thrives here and should continue to thrive as a vital part of our economy and culture.

But the vast majority of law enforcement professionals across the country agree on another truck truism: Longer double-trailer trucks and heavier 18-wheelers on our nation’s roads, including here in Kansas, are a danger and are not something we need. Our state legislature just passed a law allowing heavier weights for agricultural interests on limited roads. The last thing we need is an additional federal mandate making even higher weights the standard here in Kansas.

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