CLYDE – Congress could vote on legislation as early as April that would allow an increase in the maximum size of big rigs traveling the nation’s highways. In response, Bruce Gower, Clyde police chief, will travel to Washington, D.C., armed with a simple message for lawmakers: Please consider the dangers to motorists and oppose bigger trucks.
During his meetings in Washington, Gower will discuss his concerns about raising truck weight to 97,000 pounds—an additional 17,000 pounds to existing truck weight—as well as triple-trailer trucks that often experience “crack-the-whip” and “sway” effects. The proposed size and weight issues will have real-world impacts on the motoring public. Gower believes it is important for Congress to use this information along with many other important facts to oppose bigger trucks.
Gower will also bring up issues he sees with longer and heavier trucks that operate on local roads. He realizes all trucks start and end on local roads and cross local bridges, and this is where tremendous damage will occur.
In Washington, Gower plans to meet on Wednesday, April 9, with members of Ohio’s federal delegation, including House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Jim Jordan, who represents Clyde, and Rep. Bob Gibbs, who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Gower is available for interviews prior, during and after his trip to Washington, D.C. To arrange an interview, contact: