in Vail, CO, recently announced they would step up enforcement along the
portion of I-70 that runs through the city. The effort was billed as a campaign
to reduce noise on the stretch of interstate, but at least one council member
said it was targeted at tractor-trailers.
officials have increased police funding, allowing officers to patrol the
highway for drivers exceeding the 65 mph speed limit.
are addressing noise and speed and use of Jake brakes,” councilman Dick
Cleveland told the Vail Trail.
“The goal is to slow traffic down. When you see a cop don’t you slow down?”
said the stepped-up enforcement is aimed at semi-trucks. He told the newspaper
one semi makes the noise of 33 passenger vehicles.
we can slow them, that’s a big start,” he said.
addition to speed enforcement, officers will enforce the town’s noise ordinance
and muffler law. Officers will use sound meters to determine whether or not
vehicles are in violation.
officials also have authorized a $90,000 consulting contract to monitor noise
levels on the interstate and develop a noise-mitigation plan for the highway.
make interstate travelers feel a bit more cheerful about the increased
enforcement, town officials have devised an unorthodox strategy to ease drivers
into the initial patrolling phase. Those who are pulled over for speeding
within the first three months will receive a warning – with the exception of
excessive speeders – and entry into a drawing to win a chance to drive a
600-horsepower NASCAR-style race car July 17 at Pikes Peak International
Raceway near Colorado Springs.
think it’s a little odd,” Cleveland said. “It’s something we may need to talk
in 2003, the town considered an ordinance that would have outlawed the use of
engine brakes within city limits. The ordinance would have fined truck
drivers up to $999 for using engine-compression braking systems within town
limits, including mountainous portions of I-70, according to local media.
which did not pass, would have amended the town code, making it unlawful to use
a "dynamic braking device" on any motor vehicle on I-70 between East
Vail and Dowd Junction "except for the aversion of immediate and imminent
Greg Moffet, who lives within about 100 feet of the interstate's eastbound
lanes, was a vocal supporter of the proposal. According to the Vail Daily,
Moffet appeared so determined to ban the use of such braking systems he even
suggested removing the phrase about averting "immediate and imminent
danger," calling truckers who must engage their engine brakes careless.
got brakes, right?" he said at that time. "If their brakes are smoking,
they're driving carelessly."
who with fellow council member Cleveland opposed the measure, called the
ordinance "irresponsible," "immature" and
safety issue," she said. "This is unenforceable, and it accomplishes