Press Release Date:
October 29, 2003
|| Archived November 25, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today the results of portable weigh scale enforcement details conducted throughout the state from September 22 to October 24. During this time period, Troopers issued 424 overweight citations (77 to farmers, 32 to grain contract haulers, and 315 to non farmers).
“Over time, overweight vehicles may cause significant damage and hazards to roadways and bridges, not to mention other dangerous safety concerns that could lead to brake failure, spring damage, or trailer collapses. These details remove those vehicles that are loaded beyond the maximum legal weight, protecting Illinois motorists and keeping roadways safe,” said ISP Director Larry G. Trent.
For more than 80 years, the ISP has played an integral part in overweight enforcement. Illinois statutes require the Department to institute and maintain programs to prevent the use of public highways by overweight vehicles and to apprehend those who violate the weight limitations in an effort to ensure public safety, protection, and preservation of Illinois’ infrastructure system.
“It is evident by the low percentage of citations issued to farmers that a majority are complying with Illinois’ weight limit statutes. We want to thank those farmers for their voluntary compliance and ask that all farmers comply with these laws to ensure a safe harvest season,” Trent concluded.