Andrews PD Cracking Down On 18-Wheelers Passing Through Town 10/10/13
CBS 7 News
October 10, 2013
ANDREWS-Nearly 100 tickets have already been issued to drivers in Andrews, as the city tries to keep big rigs off its streets and onto the new reliever route.
The reliever route 1910 just opened up on Tuesday, but tickets are already piling up.
"Most companies have been on board, but we’ve had quite a few non-compliant trucks,” said Andrews Police Chief Bud Jones. “We've had to issue about 80 tickets in 48 hours."
18-wheelers that don't use the reliever route now face a fine for passing through the city, after a new city ordinance went into affect. Some drivers say they didn’t' know.
"I don’t live far from here, but I didn’t know about it so I am sure there are others who didn’t either,” said Truck Driver Melissa Bookout.
There are some exceptions.
“Any trucks making deliveries in town are exempt, but for the most part they aren’t allowed,” Jones said.
Where cars used to fight trucks downtown -- it's mostly smooth sailing now.
"A week ago you had 8 to 9 18-wheelers sitting at a light it created a real traffic problem," Jones said.
There are no signs posted that mention the ordinance, but these signs that read truck route with arrows pointing left and right are posted on each side of town.