Lincoln (NE) Journal Star: State troopers union president opposes larger trucks proposal

LINCOLN, Neb.—The president of the State Troopers Association of Nebraska will travel to Washington this week to express opposition to legislative proposals to increase the size and weight limits for trucks that are allowed to travel on the nation’s highways.

“As trucks get bigger, so do the public safety risks on our roadways,” State Trooper Brian Petersen said.

“There’s no place on our roadways these longer and heavier trucks can safely operate,” he said.

While the concern of state troopers primarily is public safety, Petersen also pointed to the damage that larger and heavier trucks can do to the highway infrastructure.

“These bigger trucks may improve the bottom line of a few large companies, but the road and bridge damage they cause is picked up by taxpayers,” he said.

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