In the wake of what is explained as Snow-covered traffic jam from hell On Virginia’s Interstate 95, Senators will introduce legislation that limits trucks to the right lane on many federal interstates when freezing precipitation is declining.
David Marsden, a Democratic Senator in northern Virginia and chairman of the Senate’s Transport Commission, told Freightwaves that the bill would probably be introduced next week. But he added that there are some issues that need to be resolved first.
In a rough outline of the proposed law, the truck should stay in the right lane of the Virginia Interstate Highway in case Marsden calls it “lively sleet or snowfall.” Senators need to address the question of whether the restrictions are limited to interstate highways with three or more lanes, in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia.
Virginia has more than 500 miles of I-81, but only a few cross two lanes. Washington’s Interstate Highway 66 has three or more lanes, a significant proportion of the highways, but less than 80 miles, all in Virginia.
Marsden also said that in states with generally warmer climates, the number of times a law could be enforced can be measured in hours per year. For example, many of the 81’s have two lanes from Winchester to Bristol, even though the mountains of West Virginia on the I-81 are more likely to snow than the low-altitude landscape of the I-95.
Dale Bennett, chairman of the Virginia Truck Association, which has about 300 members, said he had discussed the bill with Marsden, and given his role as chairman of the Transport Commission, communication between the VTA and the Senator is frequent. He added that.
“It’s not surprising what happened after the storm and what people had to experience,” Bennett said.
Bennett said he would not comment on any specific restrictions that could be included in the bill, but would like to wait for the actual bill to be submitted before commenting.
“I understand what he’s trying to do,” Bennett said. “He’s trying to keep trucks from jackknifing in bad weather,” he says, with the idea that lane-changing trucks are more likely to jackknifing.
The Jackknifing tractor trailer is cited as one of the causes of heavy snow backup on the I-95.
Bennett believes that Marsden “has the impression that lane changes and such things contribute to the Jackknifing phenomenon,” but said that “loss of traction” was far the cause.
“We all know that a truck can run straight, and if it loses traction, it can be a jackknife,” Bennett said. “I don’t think keeping the truck in one lane in bad weather will reduce the risk.”
Bennett also said that placing all trucks in the right lane could cause problems when trying to get over the center or left lane if the car is on the right.
Marsden believes that the problem of cars that are difficult to get out of the interstate is not an important issue, and by keeping the truck in the right lane, the truck driver can jackknife.
Both Bennett and Marsden said a key issue that needed to be addressed was the state’s moving law. A car in distress or other situations.
Marsden said the issue was “a good point of discussion to have.” “We must hear it from those who have lived through experience.”
Details to consider were returned home by Marsden, who stated that there were four left-lane exits throughout the interstate. Before drafting the bill, we need to address the question of how to handle these unique situations.
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