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Sheriff Don Smith (Ret.) on the Justice Speaks Podcast

“A specific safety issue that Sheriff Smith is concerned about is “bigger trucks.”  As a Law Enforcement Board member of the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT), the Sheriff pointed out that CABT is not against trucking or trucks, it is focused on truck safety and keeping everyone on our nation’s highways safe. In the 1990’s there were big trucking companies that were trying to change the laws on truck safety, for example, truck weight or the overall length of the semi-trailer.” Listen to…

PA Homepage (PA): Pa. public leaders ask for legislation to oppose heavier trucks

“We have the third-largest number of state-owned bridges in the country, with over half over 50 years older,” the officials wrote in the March 8 letter. “More than 3,100 of these bridges have been determined to be in ‘poor condition,’ the same rating assigned to the Fern Hollow bridge. “Allowing even heavier trucks than are legal today would only make the current situation worse” Read more here+    …

Butler Radio (PA): Local Law Enforcement Against Proposed Heavy Truck Law

The letter points to the recent collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh as evidence that many bridges are in poor condition so heavier trucks could result in extra stress and more dangerous situations. This effort is organized by the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks with support from organizations such as the PA Chiefs of Police Association, the PA Municipal League, and the PA Sheriff’s Association. Read More+…

The Daily Item (PA): Northumberland opposes any increase in truck weight limits

At Tuesday night’s public meeting, council members unanimously voted to send a letter to local state legislators that outlines the borough’s opposition to any proposals that would increase truck weight limits. The letter was signed by Borough Council President Paul Ruane and Mayor Daniel Berard and encourages the state legislators to oppose the proposals with them. “In our borough limits, we see movements of big tractor-trailers coming through on Route 11 (Water and Front Streets) and State Route 147 (Duke…

Delaware Valley Journal (DE): Allowing Heavier Trucks in Pennsylvania Will Make Our Roads More Dangerous

Pennsylvania’s county sheriffs join the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association in strongly opposing legislation increasing truck weights that is under consideration in Harrisburg. Scott Bohn, executive director of the police chiefs group, noted in a recent commentary that, “Not only do bigger trucks cause more damage to roads and bridges, but they also threaten the safety of the public.” He is spot on. Read More+…