Pennsylvania State Troopers didn’t give anyone a break for violating Wednesday’s commercial vehicle ban on its highways during Winter Storm Quinn, including the 65 drivers it ticketed. The PSP says drivers had been given prior notice of the ban from sign boards and media outlets throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
The Pennsylvania State Police says it ticketed 65 drivers who failed to heed the commercial vehicle restrictions on Interstates 81, 84 and 380 in Northeast Pennsylvania.
We are starting to see deteriorating conditions in some areas of I-84 and I-380. As a friendly reminder, all commercial vehicles are now banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania. Please exit at your earliest availability to avoid penalties. pic.twitter.com/bYUURZCGlx
— Tpr Mark Keyes (PIO) (@PSPTroopR) March 7, 2018
“I didn’t know a commercial vehicle travel ban was in effect…. But the trooper gave me a $450 fine anyway. This is crazy, you know?” Mejia said. “That’s a week pay for me. It no good. I said give me the chance, no. The governor said no to this. It’s no good.
It’s no good for me,” he continued. Truck drivers who were found driving on the roadways included in the travel ban then had their log books and other paperwork inspected by police before being directed off the roadway to wait out the storm. “Well you know, gotta do what you gotta do. Safety first,” said Richard Ramirez, a truck driver caught up in the winter weather. Ramirez says that he frequently delivers houseplants between Florida and New York, but that this storm definitely caught him by surprise.
“I usually check the weather before I go anywhere, and I wasn’t anticipating this,” he said. As of 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the travel ban on Interstates 380 and 81 were lifted, while the ban on Interstate 84 remained.