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Heavy trucks are more dangerous

Many Maryland residents have to spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, so it is important to understand the dangers lurking on the highways. Trucks carrying loads over the weight limits are a danger to everyone on the road.

As the Press Herald reports, since 2009 there have been more and more deadly collisions on highways involving large trucks. In 2016, the number of people killed in accidents involving trucks was 3,852. The consequences of these incidents are so significant that officers at roadside truck weigh stations make more than 3.5 million inspections of big rigs. With heat-sensing cameras to determine whether the brakes are working properly and sensors to allow trucks to be weighed as they drive by, truck weigh stations are part of the law enforcement strategy to keep the roads safe from heavy trucks that can cause major problems.

In fact, Fox 23 News reports that some states are getting even newer, more high-tech weigh stations. This is because the safety issues surrounding overweight vehicles are manifold. Trucks that are too heavy do not have the same capacity to brake in the event of an emergency, and their tires also feel the stress. Adding more weight can multiply the damage of a crash: double the weight, and the damages will be markedly more than twice as disastrous.

Heavy trucks also cause bridges and roads to wear out faster than they should. Putting more pressure on these roadways costs millions to taxpayers for repairs, and makes the highways and bridges drivers use every day to be less safe. 

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