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Sheriff cites 120 truck drivers on Boones Ferry
The news is spreading that enforcement is being stepped up for truckers attempting to use Boones Ferry Road to dodge the scales on Interstate 5, according to Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers.
Myers said, 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 councilors, who expressed concern over the number of trucks using Boones Ferry as a through route, evidently to avoid the weigh station at the Woodburn Port of Entry on I-5.
Myers said the heavier and more consistent patrols are starting to make an impact.
I know word is getting out through the truck driver community that enforcement is happening, Myers said. So, hopefully, youll be seeing less truckers out there.
Myers said his 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 to post signage on Boones Ferry prohibiting truck through-traffic, which he said would make it easier for the citations to stick.
Because the citations are for avoiding the scales, it comes down to proving intent, which can be difficult, he said. Thats why we need signs that say, No through trucks.
Going forward, he said his office would also like to collaborate with the Woodburn Police Department for enforcement purposes, and the city public works division for signage.
City councilors first brought up the matter last year, based on concerns not just that the trucks were avoiding the scales, but that they were doing so because they were overweight or otherwise out of compliance.
We recognized there was a problem and a potential risk for increased accidents, along with excessive road damage, Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley said in a previous story.