WJBK-TV (Fox 2 Detroit): Effort underway to increase weight of trucks in Michigan

DETROIT—There is a push in Washington DC to allow more weight in semi-trucks.

But Roseville Police Chief James Berlin hopes to lead the fight against heavier truck loads hitting the highways and streets.

“Last year in the state of Michigan we had 107 people killed in truck crashes,” said Berlin.

“That was a 47 percent increase from the year before. You add bigger, heavier trucks and that’s only going to go up.”

Now there is an effort to increase the weight of the trucks, raising the limit to 91,000 pounds – and increasing the length of the trucks by 10 feet.

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