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Trib: You Heard Guv, Safety First

As northern Idaho's highways are opened to trucks that are heavier and presumably longer, safety should come first. So says Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter. “Safety must be the highest priority,” said Otter, who signed into law an industry-backed plan to raise the truck weight limit from 105,500 pounds to 129,000 pounds. We'll see if he means it. Up ahead is a year-long process of drafting rules to implement that legislation. Idaho's Transportation Board will name a panel to review the terrain, take public comments and make its recommendations. Next year, lawmakers will decide whether to accept or reject the rules/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Is Gov. Otter talking out of both sides of his mouth when he sez heavier trucks are OK on North Idaho road (without a study) Yand that safety comes first?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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