The City Of Kermit Cracks Down On 18-Wheelers 9/26/13
CBS 7 News
September 26, 2013
KERMIT-The City of Kermit is cracking down on 18-wheeler traffic coming through their town.
Even though there are signs that clearly state no through trucks, Chief Jamie Dutton says the trucks keep driving right through the city.
Chief Dutton says he's never had to write so many traffic citations before, but if that's what it takes for these 18-wheelers to get the point, then that's what he will do.
"That’s the whole goal, is to get them to spread the word themselves and start using the truck route so we don’t have as many problems and complaints," said Dutton.
Kermit Police Department receives multiple calls on a daily basis from people complaining about 18-wheelers nearly hitting, or cutting them off.
The problem is that many truck drivers are new and rely on technology to get them to their destination.
"We ask a lot of them what the problem is, and most of them say they're working off their GPS, they’re not paying attention to the road signs," said Dutton.
Around this time last year Chief Dutton and three other officers cited 23 trucks at once, which were all from the same company.
"The problem is one will turn and the others follow," said Dutton.
Chief Dutton is hoping to implement a “Step-Up” program by next week. The program will be designed to have one officer focus solely on their truck traffic problem.