Oregon sheriff rounding up scale dodgers

By Land Line staff | Friday, May 22, 2015

In Oregon, enforcement is being stepped up for truckers attempting to use Boones Ferry Road to avoid the scales at the Woodburn Port of Entry on Interstate 5. According to a report last week in the Woodburn Independent, Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said that since November, his officers have stopped 187 tractor-trailers and heavy trucks on Boones Ferry, handing out 120 citations and 67 warnings.

The campaign came at the request of Woodburn city council members, who were not happy with the number of trucks using the road as a through route, a maneuver by truckers who are thought to be avoiding the weigh station at the Woodburn Port of Entry on I-5.

The Independent reports that the sheriff’s office has taken out billboards on I-5 “reminding truck drivers to stay on the freeway.” His department is also working with Marion County Public Works for signs that warn truckers that truck through-traffic is prohibited – signs needed to “help citations stick.”

“Because the citations are for avoiding the scales, it comes down to proving intent, which can be difficult,” Myers told the Independent. “That’s why we need signs that say, ‘No through trucks.’”

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