The Montgomery Village Board ruled in favor of placing signs warning truckers last Tuesday night. These signs would tell truckers that Department of Transportation (DOT) violations are strictly enforced in the village.
Trustee Michael Hembury proposed four signs be placed in the village. The signs would feature black print against a white background, much like a speed limit sign. Each would measure 18” x 24”. As of Tuesday night, one sign is planned to be put on Factory Street. Other locations have yet to be determined, with Boyd Street and Goodwill Road emerging as likely places.
This came after a tug of war with DOT. Hembury tried time and time again to convince them to allow the Village of Montgomery to place signs warning truckers. After contacting them initially, DOT told him that he would have to wait a month or two before hearing an answer.
“Well I kept being annoying,” he said.
His proposal was later rejected by DOT. The village has decided to take matters into their own hands. If there is any backlash from DOT, the village will remove the signs.
This proposal came to light following a number of issues with truckers traveling through the village. Many truckers have had incorrect license classes, suspended licenses, DOT violations and warrants for their arrest. Some trucks have also transported illegal cargo. In addition, there have been problems with the trucks themselves, as some are overweight or have issues with brakes. The board hopes that the signs help keep the village of Montgomery safe.
“Even if it cuts down five trucks out of 20 trucks, that’s five less coming through,” Hembury said.