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New York State Considers New Ways To Keep Trucks Off Parkways

Ideas Include Better Signage And Hanging Chains
An overpass on the Northern State Parkway - April 25, 2013 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

An overpass on the Northern State Parkway – April 25, 2013 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The state of New York is considering new ways to solve the problem of rogue trucks crashing into low parkway overpasses.

One big rig driver told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs that improved overhead signage will go a long way in helping to prevent truck overpass collisions on the parkways.

There are also calls for the use of laser technology and hanging chains that would serve as advanced warnings.

In the meantime, Gene the trucker admits his colleagues need to pay more attention.

“Once they put the sign up and the driver don’t see the sign, they can’t really do anything about it,” he told Xirinachs. “The driver’s got to be careful about the sign.”

A state DOT task force will consider solutions to the problem next month.

Meanwhile, Gene says lost truckers are a big part of this problem.

“Drivers that hit the… overpass it’s because they most likely got lost. If they got lost, they don’t know where they’re going,” he said.

While the issue of truck-overpass collisions has become less of a problem over recent years, St. Sen. Charles Fuschillo and St. Sen. Jack Martins, both of Long Island, say it is still an issue in need of a solution.

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