The Marion County Sheriff’s Department ticketed 120 truck drivers and issued 67 warnings to deter them from using Boones Ferry Road to avoid the Oregon Department of Transportation scales on I-5.
Sheriff Jason Myers says that his officers have stopped 187 trucks on Boones Ferry Road since November.
Boones Ferry Road is a truck way, open to local deliveries but not meant to be used as a through-route for commercial trucks.
Myers believes that the enforcement is effectively reducing the number of trucks on Boones Ferry Road. “I know word is getting out through the truck driver community that enforcement is happening,” he said. He does admit, however, that lack of proper signage makes enforcement more difficult because officers now have to determine the intent of the driver. According to Myers, “because the citations are for avoiding the scales, it comes down to proving intent, which can be difficult. That’s why we need signs that say, ‘No through trucks.’”
Along with putting up billboards advising truckers to stay on the freeway, Myers is working with Marion County Public Works to put up signs that would make it easier for his citations to stick.