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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reps From Local Municipalities Study Methods For Regulating Heavy Trucks

Local Governments Learn Options For Regulating Heavy Traffic

Potter County Today
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batterson1Municipal leaders from across Potter County attended a workshop on rural roads’ law enforcement and public safety issues Thursday at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Growth of the natural gas industry has increased traffic on roads that were not designed for the greater volume or weight.

Corporal Sean Batterson (shown) from the Pennsylvania State Police barracks on Denton Hill was among the presenters. Approximately 70 township and borough representatives participated. Municipal officials learned how they can work with police to improve enforcement of laws pertaining to public safety and protection of roads and bridges from damage due to overweight and oversized vehicles.

Potter County Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich, who organized the workshop, distributed copies of a sample ordinance townships and boroughs might want to consider to regulate the travel of oversize or overweight vehicles on municipal-owned roads. She can be reached for more information at 274-8254.

Corporal Batterson emphasized that state police are willing to patrol the roads where violations are likely to occur and issue citations, but townships also have responsibilities. “The most important thing to remember is that we’re doing this for safety and to protect our roads,” he said. “We’ve seen these developments already in Bradford and Tioga counties. It’s a learning process for all of us and there are going to be some growing pains.” State Police and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have also launched Operation FracNET, a dedicated enforcement operation focusing on commercial vehicles hauling equipment and waste water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operationsbatterson21. Police teams check vehicle braking systems, exterior lighting and other equipment that plays a role in operational safety, as well as whether drivers possess the appropriate operator licenses. DEP inspects for issues pertaining to vehicle weight, waste hauler authorizations and standards for maintaining safe and secure loads.

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

Why do most men not take their hat off indoors anymore?

Anonymous said...

So now the DEP are acting as police? Whats next the DCNR and Fish Commission having DUI checkpoints?

Anonymous said...

@10:49:00 PM

You can kiss our collective a&^$es and keep your vehicle maintained and log books up to date.

This is OUR county too.

Anonymous said...

10:49
Not a bad idea! Maybe then you'll get your butt waxed.

Anonymous said...

need to shut down some of theses junk buses as well all a round potter county..

Anonymous said...

This is a good thing. State police can't be everywhere. Thanks to the township supervisors who are conscientious enough to join in on this. Thanks to the county for setting it up. Thanks for the State Police for this outreach.

Anonymous said...

what doe's the buses have to do with Wheat China.it's just other people that make it bad for everyone elts.there are good egg's
and then there is one bad egg.
and buses go thew D.O.T

Anonymous said...

When bulldozer has to haul a water truck up a steep hill coz it`s too heavy to get up there on it`s own. I kinda hope it has good brakes when it comes down with waste water. These fellas trucks should be in good shape !

Anonymous said...

If you (wanna be) a cop go to school!

Anonymous said...

I continue to be impressed with the ways that Potter County has been pulling together over the past year or more to prepare for this gas rush as best we can. We cannot stop it but we do have some opportunities to control it. Other counties got caught off guard but Potter County saw this coming and has been getting ready.

Anonymous said...

KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP POTTER COUNTY

Anonymous said...

I think the headline should read:Local governments learn easy options for making money!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Why do most men not take their hat off indoors anymore?


Why do boys were their pants on the ground & girls "give it away for free"?

Anonymous said...

3:45 now there might be a couple of things that could be taxed!A fine for people with hats on indoors and pants on the ground then a flat tax on the girls!

Anonymous said...

What does the poster at 3:30:00 PM have against commercial vehicle safety on our county roads?

Anonymous said...

great job Corporal Sean Batterson
now go look at some of these bus's around you..keep up the great work