Feb 8, 2011

Auburn Attorney Supports Bill That Would Keep Heavy Trucks Off Maine's Secondary Roads

Auburn accident attorney Stephen B. Wade said this week that he endorses proposed legislation that would make Maine’s secondary roads safer by keeping heavy truck traffic on the interstate.

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced a measure this week that would make permanent a pilot program that had allowed trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to use Maine’s federal interstate highways.

When funding for the one-year-old program expired last December, it shifted traffic from large tractor trailers back onto Maine’s city streets and rural roads, which has increased the risk of catastrophic truck accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorists in smaller passenger cars, Wade said.

Read the full press release here.