Truck drivers ignore I-20 construction truck ban in Louisiana, leading to more than 200 tickets and warnings over the last month.
The ban on Interstate 20 in Bossier City, Louisiana started on the evening of December 21st as the reconstruction of the interstate began. The ban was put in place after drivers ignored strong warnings about avoiding the construction zone due to “several narrow bridges” created by the construction “that have proven difficult for large commercial vehicles to navigate,” CDLLife previously reported.
Now, a month into the ban, state police say that truck drivers are still ignoring the ban.
“This measure has been put in place to optimize traffic flow and prioritize the safety of all motorists on our roadways. By restricting commercial vehicles from entering the construction zone, we aim to create a more efficient and secure environment for everyone,” state police Troop G Trooper LeAnn Hodges said to ABC 3.
Not only have more than 200 warnings and tickets been issued to truck drivers since the end of December, but the rigs that ignore the ban are being blamed for traffic congestion in the area. Just this week, a semi truck traveling on I-20 crashed near the Old Minden Road exit, forcing the closure of I-20 westbound for hours; another truck got stuck in the construction zone on I-20, closing the entire roadway for hours; and another overturned on eastbound I-20 at Airline Drive, causing more backups.
“Troopers would like to remind all motorists to exercise utmost caution while driving through the area. It is essential to eliminate any distractions and ensure strict adherence to all traffic laws and road signage. By doing so, we can collectively contribute to a safer and smoother journey for all,” Hodges said.