An Oklahoma House panel has unanimously approved a bill intended to
make the state’s roadways safer near weigh stations.
The House Transportation Committee voted Feb. 23 to advance a bill that
would allow truck drivers to bypass congested weigh stations on interstates
throughout the state.
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Kiesel, D-Seminole, the bill was drafted in
response to fatal traffic accidents that resulted near weigh stations after
waiting trucks were backed up into interstate traffic and were then struck from
behind by passenger vehicles.
Kiesel said his bill would promote “a free-flow of traffic” on state
highways by allowing trucks to bypass weigh stations if “the station is at full
The Oklahoma departments of Public Safety and Transportation are
working with Kiesel to determine how the warning system would work.
Prior to the Transportation Committee vote, Kiesel told lawmakers of
the importance of not asking truck drivers to compromise their safety and the
safety of others by impeding traffic at congested weigh stations.
The bill – HB2743 – has been forwarded to the full House for further