South Dakota Senate committee unanimously backed a bill Feb. 26
that would provide some relief to heavy haulers who are hit with
hefty fines if they are found carrying too much weight.
written by Rep. Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center, would provide for
plea bargains to be offered to some truckers when they are cited
the first time under overweight truck regulations.
said the measure was needed because honest mistakes were sometimes
made when loading trucks, the Aberdeen News reported. Rhoden
said existing law was too inflexible and resulted in penalties.
people think that loading trucks is an exact science,” Rhoden told
the newspaper. “I assure you it is not.”
the bill, plea bargains would not be permitted for subsequent convictions
within four years. Nor could plea bargains be struck Feb. 15 to
April 30, when conditions make roads easier to damage.
Senate Local Government Committee sent the bill to the full Senate.
The House has already approved the measure.