Police in Greenwood, Indiana, will begin handing out citations to truckers parked on interstate ramps starting today, according to a report.
13News reports that the Greenwood Police Department will begin ticketing truckers parked on interstate ramps starting Wednesday, December 6.
Police say that parking on ramps is illegal in Indiana and violators will receive a $150 citation.
For the past two months, Greenwood Police have been patrolling I-65 ramps looking for illegally parked trucks, but they’ve only been knocking on truck doors and issuing warnings until today.
“As of tomorrow morning, citations will be issued and it’s going to be hitting their pocketbooks,” Greenwood Police Officer Jason Grable told 13News.
Grable said that it’s a safety issue: “At night especially, if they’re not well illuminated, vehicles can run into them. If someone’s not paying attention, then we have a real problem.”
Lack of safe truck parking is a nationwide problem, and many truckers say they’re forced to pull over on a ramp after running out of hours if truck stops or rest areas are full.
Truck driver Faisal Abdullahi told the outlet, “There are times you can’t make it to the next truck stop, and then you’ve got to pull over wherever you’re at, because it’s not safe for you to be on the road. You could hit somebody. You can kill somebody. So you’re better off pulling on the side of the road, get a little bit of nap and get back to rolling again when you’re not tired.”
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