Letter: And throw away the keys
And throw away the keys
This liberal arts graduate has the solution for the semi-trucks vs. Independence Pass conflict. Here ya go:
Install two signs on both sides of pass. The first sign states “no semi trucks past mile marker 42/Aspen Highway 82). I am not certain of the mile marker or truck limitations; the Colorado Department of Transportation can fill in those blanks.
The second sign states, “$3,000 fine for vehicles longer than said about of feet.”
Then, when peace officers are called to assist trucks that violated this signage, the following will occur:
The driver is cited and fined. State or local law enforcement will assist in getting the trucker and rig down the pass.
The semi is parked in a designated location, and the driver goes directly to jail until he/she produces the fine — paid in full!
The aforementioned process will be more successful for many reasons: Fines will be an actual dent in the driver’s wallet. The booking process will take a lot of time, more than the time saved by going over the pass. If the load is not at its destination and the driver in jail, they may lose their job and therefore not see the pass as a “shortcut”! The money raised in fines can go to CDOT for maintenance costs for the roadway.
One major problem in America is there are little to no consequences for poor decision, bad judgment, and out-right blatant disregard for the law! And the richer you are, the more you get away with by getting a costly lawyer!
That is all … for now!
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