This is what can happen
if load limit postings are not obeyed.
Any vehicle is at risk
when crossing a bridge that has been weakened by overweight trucks.
Portable weight scales.
One sign that a truck
might be overweight is "egged out" tires.
Length and number of
axles determine gross weight.
Trucks pull slowly
onto the portable scales so they can be weighed.
Bridge load limits
are serious business. Reduced load limits are posted because:
bridges were not designed to carry modern day legal load limits.
Many older bridges are still in good shape but were simply not
designed for today's heavier loads;
shows that the bridge has deteriorated to a point where it can
no longer carry the load limit for which it was designed.
Big trucks roaring
up and down America's highways cause an estimated $1 billion
in premature highway deterioration and as much as $500 million
in bridge damage annually. The problem is severely aggravated
by trucks that exceed legal weight limits.
When a bridge structure
is weakened to the point of potential collapse, any vehicle --
overweight or not -- could collapse the bridge. That vehicle
could be a school bus or a family car passing over the weakened
ESTABLISHES TRUCK ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
To protect Butler County's
roads and bridges, the Butler County Engineer's Office in conjunction
with the Butler
County Sheriff implemented a truck enforcement program on
January 1, 1991. The program is designed to reduce the number
of overweight trucks on our bridges, but has also evolved into
a comprehensive truck safety enforcement program which benefits
not only the motoring public, but the truck drivers themselves.
Saving lives by keeping
our bridges safe from collapse is the primary goal of the Truck
Weight Limit Enforcement Program. Prolonging the life expectancy
of our bridges also saves taxpayers money by reducing the number
of annual bridge replacements in an age when construction dollars
The BCEO/BCSO's Truck
Weight Limit Enforcement Program utilizes a full-time deputy
who patrols the County and checks suspect vehicles for load limit
violations by utilizing portable truck scales. He looks for visible
loads, vehicles dropping material onto the roadway, "egged-out"
tires, or how the truck seems to be riding.
The deputy also assists
the cities and works closely with the State Highway Patrol and
PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) to enforce truck safety
throughout Butler County. The only real solution to this problem
however is voluntary compliance from the trucking industry. "To
be effective, safety regulation enforcement in the trucking industry
must be as pervasive as the industry itself," according
to Judge William Dowd, St. Louis, Missouri Circuit Court Judge.
"Any punishment for serious violations must outstrip any
possible financial benefit that might accrue from the use of
an unsafe truck." Many trucking companies simply consider
fines part of the cost of doing business without taking seriously
the dangers imposed on the general public and the truck drivers
& COMMUNITY SERVICE
Deputy Mike Day, who
oversees the Truck Weight Limit Enforcement Program, has personally
made himself available for courtesy weighs, educational programs,
and to speak to trucking companies about the problem and provide
updates on the laws. To arrange a presentation for your company,
Deputy Mike Day
Truck enforcement statistics
How to figure your legal gross
Bridge Load Limits - Weight limit
postings on County and Township roads
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