Fines For Overweight Vehicles Increased 9/5/13
September 5, 2013
With the oil boom showing no end in sight, large trucks continue to pound the pavement and cause damage. Now DPS has raised fines on overweight commercial vehicles. A truck that’s more than 40,000 pounds overweight can now be fined 10,000 dollars.
Some truck drivers think they should raise the legal weight instead.
“It’s not that hard to go overweight on them you have to watch them real close,” said Dennis Holmes.
“One fully loaded 18 wheeler accounts for 20 vehicles running,” said Brian Klinksiek of Howard County Roads.
He says the oil boom has caused more roads to need repairs more often. Any extra weight compounds the problem.
“It goes exponentially by the weight,” he said.
Half of the fines collected will go to their respective counties and the other half to the state. Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman say the fines will make truck drivers think twice about hitting the roads with too much weight.
“I think this will get their attention and they will be more careful about being overweight,” she said.
While these fines will help Howard County repair their roads, officials say it’s just a small drop in the bucket. There’s about 20 million dollars worth of repairs that need to be done in the county.