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Weigh in on Truck Safety in Vermont

The current federal weight limit for large trucks is 80,000 pounds. Safety is the main reason for this limit, and keeping truck traffic safe is of particular concern for Vermont. National statistics show that 76% of all fatal crashes occur on two-lane roads, and in Vermont, 77% of major roads (excluding interstates) are two lanes. If limits were increased, Vermont would likely suffer disproportionately as safety declined. In addition, damage to roads already costs Vermont motorists $167 million each year, and heavy trucks would likely increase the bill. Yet Governor Douglas is aiming to do just that by asking Congress to increase the federal weight limit to 99,000 pounds. If you’d like more information about this issue, contact the Truck Safety Coalition at 703-294-6404, or email Cathy Chase at cdchase@cox.net.