Bad directions and poor planning landed a driver with more than $40,000 in citations!
Truck driver Ken Green was hauling an oversized load from Texas to Canada. The driver’s pre-planned route hit a snag when he reached Mount Vernon, Washington.
According to KIRO TV, Green’s truck broke down on Skagit County Road. When Washington State Patrol arrived, they learned the driver’s directions were illegal, because in order to get to his location, the driver head to go through a roundabout– where he broke strew signs and tore u p concrete.
In addition, Green had crossed Fir Island bridge, which has a weight limit of 105,000 pounds– the load Green was hauling weighed 232,000 pounds. Engineers told Green he was lucky the bridge didn’t collapse.
After evaluating the driver’s route, State Patrol began writing tickets. By the time they were done, Green had amassed more than $40,000 in citations.
Despite the shocking fine, Green was able to stay positive.
“Well, I just thank God I’m not in the water!” Ken Green told KIRO TV.
“Green said his employer, a Texas-based trucking company, uses a permit service for cross-country trips. Green had a permit for state roads like I-5. He showed us phone numbers for counties where he needed to get permits to use city and county roads to avoid low overpasses. There were no phone numbers for Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties so Green thought it was OK to use the side streets. State patrol says the truck would have been fine on the freeway,” KIRO reported.
Green has 15 days to contest or pay his fine.
— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) January 21, 2014