The City Council of Jefferson City, MO, approved a provision
Monday, Aug. 1 that requires truckers hauling loads of dirt, gravel and brush
to cover those loads with a tarp.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reported the rule is
intended to decrease broken and cracked windshields caused by gravel and other
debris falling from trucks.
Once councilman added, however, the rule is also intended to
prevent wrecks caused by drivers who swerve when their windshields are struck
Critics of the bill charge that it won’t work because gravel
can also be found on other areas of the trucks, including fenders, tires and
The rule even requires the city’s own dump trucks to comply,
though snow-removal trucks hauling salt and other materials will be exempt.