State Sen. Doris C. Karpiel
may draft a law next January that would require all semi-trucks to have a
tarp covering and securing any loads they carry. The Illinois senator said
she has been in touch with constituents who are voicing complaints about excessive
dust and debris-covered roads in their South Elgin neighborhoods.
According to an executive
secretary in Karpiel's office, the senator has been in touch with residents,
village officials and management at the Fox River Stone gravel mine to try
and find a solution. "If you're traveling on the highway, you don't want
to be worrying about something bouncing off a truck and landing on your car,"
Karpiel told Chicago's Daily Herald. "It only makes sense to cover up
the gravel or stones they're carrying in the truck."
Karpiel's office told
Land Line though nothing is drafted yet, she could propose legislation on
tarping as soon as January 2002. She said the proposed legislation will target
only gravel and rock loads and perhaps "loose stuff flying off trucks."
The senator is not sure
the legislation would pass both the Senate and House. Similar legislation
has been drafted before, but has not been successful, she noted.