Stacked ladders a danger to motorists
Whenever I see them, I move out of the way.
And you should, too, when you come up behind vans
and trucks transporting ladders stacked to high heaven, tied down with bungee
cords, rope, wire and who knows what else.
Itís insane, and unsafe.
No laws regulate the weight and height of a load
or how itís battened down.
Floyd said heís willing to write a bill that
addresses the matter, but he doubts it would travel far. Heís a Democrat in a
state legislature controlled by the other party.
Perhaps this might be something
Tom Rice \ R Peachtree Corners could write a bill on, he said.
Where you live can dictate your view on matters.
When you donít see something day in and day out, it may not resonate. Itís
Generally, it takes a fatal accident or two to
wake people up, to propel them to action. A.C. Hutcherson, traffic sergeant for
Gwinnett County police, said he canít recall any incidents in which a falling
ladder led to the death of a motorist.
But we donít have to wait for a tragedy to
propel us to action. We can be proactive and address an issue that stares a good
many of the countyís residents in the face every time they motor out of their
Rice, chairman of the state House Motor Vehicle
Committee, lives in Peachtree Corners, west of I.85. He doesnít view this as a
public safety issue, at least not in the same vein as speeding or DUI. His
constituency must not see what we see over my way.
There is a difference, said Rice, who has
served on the motor vehicle committee for 10 years. In my years on the
committee, I donít remember one bill having to do with this issue at all.
Then I told him about the things we see in other
parts of the county, at any hour, anytime. Vans with two rows of ladders five
and six deep. Some with the proper racks, some without. Some with wheelbarrows
and saw horses on top \ see photo.
Before our conversation ended, Rice admitted the
situation deserves a look see.
Logically, if they are stacking 20 ladders on
top of a van, itís going to be a problem, he said. I agree with you. It
might be worth looking into.
Out in Henderson, Nev., a businessman has
invented Hook-um Dano ladder locks. Itís a $29.99 Ladder Lock so you can
double-stack ladders. That means stack only two, not several.
Dan Deeter, president of
International, said the Hook-Um Dano Ladder Lock is designed to secure only two ladders. He
doesnít recommend stacking more than that, anyway.
Until laws are written or drivers exhibit common
sense, we should all take Deeterís advice. Pull to another lane, he
said. ďItís just not safe.
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