June 11, 2002
Attend tonight's hearing --
if you can't, submit written comments on-line (see
next paragraph)!! Tell the Governor to keep weight
limits right where they are!! Also, read on for
recap of WV-CAG latest research on citations for
overweight coal trucks.........
The Governor's Truck Safety Work Group will be wrapping
up a series of public hearing tonight. The final
hearing will begin at 6pm at the Madison Civic Center in
Madison. If you haven't been able to attend the
public hearing but would like to submit comments to the
panel there's still time. Log on to http://www.wvtrucktaskforce.com/Contacts.htm
From here you can submit written comment on safety,
economics, highways and bridges, and enforcement
concerns. Please submit your comments soon.
No deadline has been set but the panel may submit its
recommendations to the legislature in a couple of weeks.
New Research Released........
WV-CAG staff attended last night's meeting at Riverside
High School and presented our most recent research
project. Using records from the Department of
Transportation and Kanawha County Magistrate Court, WV-CAG reviewed
citations issued to overweight vehicles in Kanawha
County during the 2001 calendar year. We found an
alarming trend that coal haulers are given preferential
treatment even though they violate the law more often
and run at even heavier weights. 70% of
the trucks cited were overloaded with coal.
These trucks accounted for 92% of all overweight
trucks that received a reduced fine. For
a research summary visit our website and click on
"Overweight Coal Trucks." There you can
also download the finding of a study we conducted during
the legislative session (study should be on website by
6/12/02). For this study we conducted a review of
all overweight citations issued statewide between
September 1, 2001 and February 5, 2002.
Linda Mallet, WV Citizen
1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, WV 25311
304-346-5891 (phone), 304-346-8981 (fax)