This issue of steel coils rolling off flatbeds and damaging roads and potentially injuring people seems like a pretty straightforward “clear and present danger”, yet legislators are still playing political football with it. He didn’t widen the road last year, so I’m not going to increase fines this year. Sheesh! Sounds like public school, not a state legislature.
Sen. Phil Poole, D-Tuscaloosa, started another filibuster last week over a bill sought by Gov. Bob Riley that would up penalties to truckers and companies that allow those gigantic rolls of steel to bounce off their trucks, damaging roads and endangering motorists.
Waggoner said it costs $200,000 to fix each hole in pavement when a steel coil rolls off a truck.