State crews in Oregon have been ordered to restrict ramp parking at some interchanges where tired truckers often park. ODOT maintenance manager Jim Westbrook says the "no parking" signs are going up.
Local activists and Oregon troopers are targeting tired truckers who use freeway interchanges as backup rest stops. Peter Kent, a postal worker who lives near the Ankeny Hill interchange on Interstate 5 south of Salem is responsible for a campaign against truckers who leave trash on ramps. Kent's efforts have resulted in ODOT's decision to crack down on the ramp parking. While Kent says there is plenty of parking at local rest stops, truckers say those parking spots are frequently filled, prompting them to park at Ankeny Hill and other locations.