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Washington Post: Monster trucks for Virginia’s roads? Some lawmakers want to study them; opponents see them as menace.

Monster trucks could come to Virginia’s highways if some lawmakers get their way.  These are not the fun kind of monster trucks that intentionally crush cars, motor homes and other vehicles for the entertainment of fans who crowd into arenas to see them. These would be 18-wheeler trucks rolling down ordinary highways with loads of 91,000 pounds and perhaps more. Opponents argue that the heavier trucks will inflict more damage to roads and bridges whose maintenance in the state and nationwide…

New Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Bigger Trucks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 22, 2018 – As special interests continue to lobby Congress for heavier and longer trucks, the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT) today released a nationally representative poll that found that nearly 80 percent of Americans oppose putting longer and heavier trucks on roads and highways. Opposition was due in large part to safety concerns – a majority of voters rate the safety of driving next to a semi-truck as fair or poor while the leading indicator…

Modesto Bee: Don’t send those huge trucks onto our local roads, bridges, says county engineer

Keeping our roads and bridges drivable is one of the highest priorities I have in Stanislaus County. In fact, it’s a top priority for public works departments throughout California. As the immediate past president of the County Engineers Association of California, I know firsthand the issues faced by my fellow engineers in keeping our roads and bridges safe for public use. One of the biggest issues we are staring down right now is a federal proposal to allow heavier and…

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…

Sheriff & Deputy Magazine: Put a stop to bigger trucks, says Sheriff

“Profit margins should never obstruct the public’s best interests in highway safety and infrastructure preservation.” — Sheriff Alex Hodge Like many of you, I have spent the majority of my career in law enforcement—nearly a decade as sheriff of Jones County (Mississippi) and 12 years as a state trooper previously. Also like you, protecting and serving the people of my county and state continues to be my top priority—it is what I was called to do—and that is why I…

The Hill: Rebuild infrastructure, but keep longer and heavier trucks off highways, says Sheriff

As a lifelong conservative Republican, I believe that free enterprise and fewer burdensome regulations enable American prosperity and economic growth. As a retired United States Army General Officer, I value efficient logistics and productivity. And in my role as chairman of the board of the American Security Council Foundation, I firmly believe that we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and secure our future energy needs right here at home. The proposal to adopt longer double-trailer trucks, though, undermines…

Assoc. County Commissioners of GA: Increased Truck Weights May Again be Addressed by Congress This Fall

The U.S. Congress will likely begin addressing America’s infrastructure needs and challenges this fall. Among issues expected to arise are increasing truck length and weight limits on America’s interstates – which necessarily means heavier trucks on county roads leading to and from interstates as well. The Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT) is preparing for this debate by asking local elected officials from across the country to lend their name to a letter opposing these increases. Georgia county commissioners may be…

IL Sheriffs’ Assoc.: Public Safety Issue Involving Bigger Trucks

Special interests in Washington, D.C., have pushed for years for longer and heavier tractor-trailers. While trucks play an important role in our state’s economy, we as law enforcement leaders know that longer and heavier trucks would add new dangers to our highways as well as increase damage to our roads and bridges. The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association has consistently opposed bigger trucks, and we need your help to stop them from operating here in Illinois. Several bills debated in Congress would…

Double-Trailer Trucks Found to Have More Defects; New Study Finds Defective Trucks Three Times More Likely to Be Involved in a Crash

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released in December of 2016 shows that tractor-trailers with any out-of-service violation are 362 percent more likely to be involved in a crash. This is especially important because some trucking companies and shippers continue to push Congress to approve longer and heavier tractor-trailers, which have been found to have more defects than today’s 80,000-pound, single-trailer trucks. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) delivered its Final Report to Congress in…

CABT Podcast: Police Chief Tim Jayroe

ROCKPORT, TEXAS (September 9, 2016)—Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe discusses his career in law enforcement and how that experience informs his decision to oppose heavier tractor-trailers in Rockport and surrounding areas. +Listen here…