• Dec 27, 2006
You hear it and figure it must be some kind of urban legend. A truck driver makes a wrong turn and ends up with a $17,000 ticket. Well, it's actually not true. Truck driver William Carroll got lost in the suburbs around Philadelphia and when he got pulled over the ticket was actually for $17,751.50. Philadelphia's NBC 10 looked into the story and found it to be totally legit, if not tragically sad.
Carroll says he was just following the directions he had gotten from one of the companies he leases his trucks from. He missed a weight limit sign that was leaning and partially obscured, and before he knew it he was stuck trying to turn his big rig around in a residential neighborhood. That's where the police caught up to him and gave him the ticket. At first he thought it was a mistake, thinking maybe 17 hundred instead of 17 thousand dollars, but when the officer verified it, Carroll says he felt like he was hit by a Mack truck.

A PennDOT spokesman, Charlie Metzger, explained that the fines are so high because heavy trucks can do a lot of damage to certain bridges and roadways. So the fine breaks down thusly: "It's $150 for the fine, and then it's $150 for every 500 pounds over the 3,000-pound weight limit," Metzger said. He further rationalized the fine saying the money often needs to go right back into the road repairs. Remind us to never get lost driving a truck in Pennsylvania.

[Source: NBC 10 via Digg]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      A 3,000 lb weight limit? My Saab would be overweight for that street! I'm sure that if the sign really was obscured as they say in the article, this guy could get a picture of it and get the ticket thrown out in court.
      • 8 Years Ago
      3000 lb weight limit, huh? Even though the sign in the back says 5 tons? The PennDOT workers who put up the sign must have carried it there on a moped. I guess people living on those streets don't get US mail or garbage pick-up either. Also no trucks, SUVs, Ford Crown Vics, Chevy Impalas, or news vans of any kind for that matter, huh? Heck, even a Kia Optima tips the scales at 3142 lbs empty. Everyone in that neighborhood must drive MINIs, but never with more than 1 passenger or a full tank of gas, because then that would be over 3000 lbs too. And the cops who wrote out the ticket must have been on motorcycles, horseback, or foot?

      Obviously the guy made a mistake, but if he's going to get a ticket, it's only fair that everyone else in violation get a ticket too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds like a ticket-trap situation. I'm betting that there are more vehicles traversing that 3000-pound weight-restricted bridge than not. If I were him, I would setup a camcorder and start recording license plates of every vehicle going across, identifying them all by make and model, and then inquiring to the PennDOT why they are not being non-discriminated (ticketed) also.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Carroll says he was just following the directions he had gotten from one of the companies he leases his trucks from."

      It's called a map or GPS

      "He missed a weight limit sign that was leaning and partially obscured, and before he knew it he was stuck trying to turn his big rig"

      Not watching, not paying attention

      Got exactly what he deserved.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ok, a bridge with a 3000lb weight limit rules out all vehicles larger than a toyota matrix... wheres the tickets for all the S Huge V's that are undoubtedly in that residential area??
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is that Philadelphia's Director of Public Works in the photo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate PA, but thats just because I grew up there. Dont mind the people but the roads suck, the cops are angry, it rains alot, and everything is falling apart. Also half of the state is on welfare so it meens I cant do my job there....good news is I moved to vegas...
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is one big fine, this guy needs to take out a loan to pay for this violation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is that the truck driver or the PennDOT spokesman in the photo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this is great. I live on a road that restricts large truck traffic that is commonly ignored by many trucks per day. Trucks turning onto my road have damaged sidewalks, taken out porches and even uprooted the 'no trucks' signs themselves. They are no allowed on the road as the huge weight on a road that sits on a watershed will do damage to the road, and everything near it. Most of my neighboors are convinced that foundation cracks are due to excessive use by large trucks (The houses are all old...and have stone and mortar foundations).

      If drivers knew a large fine was possible, that might be a just deterrant. I certainly have *NO* sympathy for the driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      “3,000-pound weight limit”, better not take you Solstice over that bridge with a full tank of gas.

      Based on the fine and 5 ton sign in the picture his load was about 68,000lbs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      PennDOT is really bad. I think everyone feels their road department could be better, but PennDOT has to be the most corrupt, wasteful and self-serving collection of losers in the country. You can't get a job unless you can pull a favor and the workers make obscene amount of money doing as little as possible. PennDOT is a case study for lousy highway management.
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