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Are they stupid?
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Ron/PA    Posted 03-19-2004 at 19:56:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Or is the oxygen getting a bit thin up there?

The Maine Turnpike Authority voted Nov. 19 to ban trucks from the left lane of the state's three-lane highways, including I-95, as a way to lower pollution.

The ban, which could start as early as this spring, would apply to the state turnpike and I-95 from the New Hampshire border to New York, which falls under the control of the state Department of Transportation.

Officials of the Maine Motor Transport Association argued that pollution from a truck traveling in the left lane would be the same as from a truck traveling in a different lane.

But according to turnpike spokesman Dan Paradee, as reported by press accounts, trucks rarely travel in the left lane and for the most part don't need to be there.

The authority had considered banning all heavy vehicles from the left lane as a way to improve air quality, but decided to exempt buses to encourage people to take buses instead of low-occupancy cars.

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BCS    Posted 03-20-2004 at 08:48:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where does the Me Tpk enter NY??

ret    Posted 03-20-2004 at 04:07:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
didn't know big trucks could use the left lane on an interstate, guess I learn something every day. But if they can, that was a real stupid decision in the first place. Bad enough these hogs of the road can run in the center lane, let alone the fast lane. Law ought to clamp down hard on them for thinking the road is just made for them . After second offense violation, pull the driver off the road for a day, might be a way to slow them down. This area I live in has had way too many deaths from truckers running as if only they own the road. Anytime a big rig can get from point A to point B in less time than a auto can safely,one has to agree that there has been a real breach of safety from the big rig. Even a hard case will admit that the stopping ability and agility of a semi is a lot less than an auto. State officials usually look the other way. And, sorry if I step on someones feeling here, but that happens to be the way it is.

RN    Posted 03-20-2004 at 17:59:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Trucks in left lane- Wisconsin has some roads marked for trucks to use left lanes, DOT found that right lane only use caused short life of roads right lane. Putting heavy trucks in left lane stretchs time between repairs/rebuilding/resurface of road. RN.

Redneck    Posted 03-20-2004 at 00:57:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cars in number put out much more pollution than trucks. And most of todays trucks can accellerate with most cars at road speed. Bad call on their part.

Alias    Posted 03-19-2004 at 22:09:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, as I understand it, a body of people, (The Turnpike Authority) Voted. Am I then to believe the authority is made up of duly elected politicians? Or, there is perhaps a few politicians and other members who are appointed by, or closely associated with, politicians. Either way, of course, they are stupid. But, they have the easy high paying jobs. Something to think about......gfp

~Lenore    Posted 03-19-2004 at 20:16:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Are they stupid?"


SusieQ    Posted 03-20-2004 at 02:32:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep.............that is about the dumbest thing I have seen...........and to think, americans elected these folks who come up with this thinking. What next?

donna in w.v    Posted 03-19-2004 at 20:19:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for answering the fella who asked me about rabbit manure.hubby's been under the weather the last week and i've been off the comp. but i 'm glad he got an answer.

~Lenore    Posted 03-19-2004 at 20:45:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure, we had rabbits a few years back.
Folks kept wanting the manure.
Never had anyone offer to clean that kind of thing before.
Sort of like the elephants in the circus.
They offer folks free elephant manure if you shovel it yourself.

deadcarp    Posted 03-19-2004 at 20:16:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
out west they have lane restrictions to keep them from interrupting traffic flow. Usually trucks have to stay in the right lane unless passing, if they ever get 3 lanes out, it had better be a life/death matter. :)

where out west    Posted 03-20-2004 at 04:10:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
is that? Can you pinpoint it a bit?

Ron/PA    Posted 03-19-2004 at 20:28:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have lane restrictions in most states, however this is the first one to come up with the cockeyed reason of reducing pollution???

Patria    Posted 03-20-2004 at 05:39:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Perhaps they installed over the right lane one of those smoke-suckers restaurants have for smoking-only areas?

donna in w.v    Posted 03-19-2004 at 20:05:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does the air pollution stay in the lane they drive in? i guess you have to file that under 'what were they thinking?'

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