county commissioner, concerned about Canadian truckdrivers hauling
garbage from Toronto via the Blue Water Bridge-Port Huron entryway,
wants Michigan Gov. John Engler to involve the National Guard
to "take back our freeways from outlaw truckers."
call upon the governor and lieutenant governor to immediately
launch an emergency training program to train state police troopers
to properly police the truckers," said John D. Nickola.
"I further call upon the state government to activate certain
Michigan National Guard Military Police personnel to assist
the State Police Highway Patrols..."
is truck traffic routed through Michigan, with much of it on
Interstate 69 through Genesee County. Nickola says a daily increase
from 85 to 137 trucks traveling along I-69 occurred after Toronto
refused to continue its landfill life and instead decided to
truck its waste to Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation
reports 1,753,339 trucks crossed the Blue Water Bridge in 2001
compared to 670,063 trucks in 1990.
told Land Line Magazine, "I'm not anti-Canadian or anti-trucker.
I'm a lawyer and I've represented truckers. This is a safety
issue. The speed limit is 55 mph but each day we have people
going 80 and 85 mph ... Right now, there's no law enforcement
on the interstate - none. I can statistically predict there
will be a catastrophic event on I-69 within the near future."
said National Guard personnel would help the 11 Motor Carrier
Safety officers in the area who currently patrol a total of
12 counties. State Troopers sometimes patrol expressways, Nikola
explained, but they are not trained to do truck enforcement,
so they leave that job to the Motor Carrier Safety officers.