OOIDA member settles $7,100 overweight fine in PA town

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Friday, March 30, 2012

An OOIDA member nabbed for an expensive overweight fine in a Pennsylvania township won’t pay $7,100.

But he’s not happy about what he will pay.

Roy Griffin was ticketed and fined $7,100 in January after he said a GPS system sent him to a 5,000-pound limited road in East Whiteland Township, PA. This week, Griffin and an attorney worked out a deal that will allow him to make $25 payments and won’t bankrupt him.

Griffin said he’s not exactly happy with the case’s end result, but a reduced fine of $1,050 is better than paying full price.

“This allows me to keep going,” Griffin said Friday morning. “I don’t have any choice in the matter, financially.”

In mid-January, Griffin was heading to pick up frozen food near East Whiteland Township, PA, heading north on U.S. Highway 202. When he neared his exit, his GPS with truck routing maps told him to exit and turn left on Sidley Road.

Within a mile-and-a-half of his pickup, Griffin said he realized the road had a 5-ton limit.

Then he saw flashing lights in his mirrors as he neared the intersection of Sidley Road and Moores Road – each road weight restricted.

The trooper asked Griffin for his license and registration, and led him to a weigh station – which turned out to be directly across the street from the Pepperidge Farms cold storage facility Griffin was picking up from.

His truck and reefer weighed a combined 35,000 pounds, 25,000 pounds over the road’s limit.

“This is the first time I’ve ever had a ticket for being overweight,” Griffin said in January.

Most GPS makers include a disclaimer and limited warranties that say they’re not responsible for legal liabilities. One such user guide reads, “suggested routings are based on official highway maps, the Code of Federal Regulations, and information provided by state governments. They are provided without a warranty of any kind. The user assumes full responsibility for any delay, expense, loss or damage that may occur as a result of their use.”

Griffin did find a lone bright spot. At the time he was pulled over, at least he hadn’t been loaded yet, which would have doubled his fine.

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