Put this one down under “government promises kept.”
Truckers may remember a sign in North Versailles Township,
PA, that told truck drivers “PLEASE No air brake next ¼ mile.”
Land Line first
reported on the sign in its July issue after being tipped by OOIDA member
Bernie Linkhauer, who got such a good laugh out of it that he copied pictures
of the sign to post at truck stops all around the area.
North Versailles Police Chief James Comunale, alerted to the
sign’s wording, knew immediately that something had gone wrong on the way to
the printer, and vowed that he would have it changed.
Linkhauer wrote to Land
Line a short time after the story was published to let us know that
Comunale had followed through, and that the sign now reads “PLEASE No engine
brake next ¼ mile.”
Linkhauer hasn’t spoken to many of his fellow truckers since
the change, but said the reaction he has heard has been good.
“They thought it was hilarious before,” he said. “And they
think it’s great that it’s changed.”
Local officials said at the time that obviously, they
weren’t after air brakes – they were concerned about the use of engine brakes,
which often draw the ire of local officials. Comunale said the community was
concerned about noise along the highway, which runs through a residential area.
However, not all the news is encouraging. Linkhauer says
that most truckers won’t see the new sign anytime soon.
“They’re doing work on the road right there,” he said. “They
have the sign up now, but they have a big electric construction sign in front
of it, so you can’t see it.”
– by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor