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May 1, 2012

Residents ask commissioners to enforce laws on overweight trucks driving on county roads

McALESTER — Overweight trucks drive past a 20-ton weight limit sign posted on Pittsburg County Roads;  who enforces this law? That’s the question several Pittsburg County residents asked Pittsburg County Commissioners on Monday during their regular meeting at the PIttsburg County Courthouse.

“Why have signs up and no one to enforce the law?” said resident Curtis Golden.

 Golden, William Ray and Leonard Baughman and Van Davenport requested to be on the agenda because they said damage done by the trucks to North Bache, Pasture and Richville Roads has been extensive and no one is holding the trucking companies responsible.

“Where is the accountability? Baughman said.

“These companies are taking advantage of the tax payers,” Golden said. 

Baughman said, “if I break a law I will be held accountable and these trucks are breaking the law all day and night.”

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns, who also attended the meeting along with Under Sheriff Richard Bedford, said the state is responsible enforcing the laws because the county does not have the money for the equipment and the personnel to enforce the laws.

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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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