Gov. Cuomo proposes penalties for truck drivers who violate parkway restrictionsPosted: Updated:
There is a call to impose stiff penalties, including jail time, on truck drivers who violate height and weight restrictions on parkways.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed the penalties in his budget that is due April 1.
If approved, truck drivers could face up to a $5,000 fine and 30 days in jail for a first offense.
"If you put out a serious penalty, you may not have to use the penalty but it's a sobering visible thing. You get to realize what is at stake here," says Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
The Westchester-Rockland County region has the highest number of bridge strikes in the state - costing the state about $30 million every year.
King Street Bridge in Rye Brook was once the most-struck bridge in the state, but the number of incidents decreased by two-thirds after new signage was installed last year, along with a an electronic warning system for truck drivers.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is working on another solution involving GPS. He is reaching out to Google and other GPS apps, urging them to include bridge clearance information when calculating routes.