WASHINGTON, D.C.–Mississippi may be forced to allow double-long trucks on state highways and interstates, and that’s not setting well with some people in office. It’s a big safety risk for you, say both Sen. Roger Wicker (R) and Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge, president of the Mississippi Sheriff’s Assoc., who went to Washington to meet with Wicker to discuss ways to stop it.
“Heavier and longer trucks, like twin-33s, would endanger motorists and accelerate the damage done to bridges and pavement,” said Hodge. “I am thankful for Senator Wicker’s leadership on this issue and look forward to making sure we keep these trucks off of our roads.”
“The risks associated with allowing these large trucks on the nation’s roads are too high,” said Wicker. “Nearly 40 states, including Mississippi, prohibit twin 33-foot trucks from operating within their jurisdictions. I am hopeful that the full Senate will have an opportunity to weigh in on this important issue before imposing this mandate on states.”
Earlier this year, Senator Wicker joined Senator Diane Feinstein in filing an amendment to the “DRIVE Act” – also known as the highway bill – that would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to complete a comprehensive safety study before longer trucks are permitted on highways. The amendment would also call on the agency to conduct a formal rulemaking process with public notice and comment period.
Those opposed to twin 33-foot trailers include Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, AAA, the Teamsters Union, several state trucking associations, the National Troopers Coalition, and other law enforcement associations throughout the country.