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Kentucky Town Can Fine Truckers $500 For Using Popular “Cut Through” Road


The town of Independence, Kentucky, has passed an ordinance that will allow them to fine or even jail truck drivers for using Pelly Road.

Town Puts The Brakes On Popular Short Cut

The ordinance was passed on July 11 and will impact any truck weighing more than 26,000 pounds using Pelly Road.

City officials say that in spite of the fact that there are “no thru trucks” signs, many truck drivers use Pelly Road as a short cut from Ky. 17 to get to Taylor Mill and Covington. This, in turn, leads to trucks making wide turns on Pelly Road Bridge, which has resulted in tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to the guardrails.

Truckers Could Face Hundreds Of Dollars In Fines Or Jail Time

The newly passed ordinance will mean that truck drivers who are caught on Pelly Road will face a $250 fine in addition to paying for any damages that they incurred for their first offense. For the second offense and beyond, truckers will have to pay for any damages that they did plus a $500 fine or up to 30 days in prison.

Said City Administrator Chris Moriconi, “Prior to this ordinance we had little legal grounds to stop and fine large trucks, especially when they do damage. With the passage of this ordinance, we now have the legal means to recoup.



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