Engine brake law proposed in Massachusetts town

| 8/19/2005

A couple protesting engine brakes in the town of Hadley, MA, is facing some opposition from their fellow residents.

Glenna and Earl Alderson, who live along Bay Road, approached the town’s aldermen at a town meeting on Wednesday, asking them to amend an engine-brake clause in the city’s noise ordinance, according to the Springfield Republican.

“Engine braking is pretty constant and it starts early in the morning,” Glenna Alderson told the council. The couple argued that trucks are using the road to avoid traffic lights on nearby Route 9.

However, both the selectmen and the local police said in the meeting that banning engine brakes altogether could decrease safety and increase accidents. Dennis Hukowicz, police chief in Hadley, said the intersection in question had only three accidents last year.

“That’s a pretty good track record,” Hukowicz told the Republican. “You might want to take that into consideration.”

The aldermen asked the couple to gather a petition of signatures if they wish to proceed with their argument.