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Rerouted commercial truckers on NJ’s roads make costly mistakes, the right GPS could help, Assemblyman DiMaio says

NEW JERSEY – Semi-trucks striking overpasses, big rigs breaking local bridges, and a tractor trailer famously getting stuck on the Atlantic City boardwalk are just a few of the mishaps that could have been avoided had the commercial vehicles been equipped with proper GPS.

“Accounting for low vertical clearances and weight restrictions is so important when calculating a safe driving route for large commercial trucks,” said Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio (R-Warren). “Going off course has proven very costly for not just the truck driver, but also municipalities who have to try to alleviate unexpected traffic jams and repair roadways. My bill prevents these types of accidents by equipping truck drivers with the right technology.”

On Thursday, the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee cleared DiMaio’s bill (A975) requiring commercial vehicles driving on public New Jersey highways to have a GPS navigation program that can map routes capable of handling their vehicle’s specifications.

“New Jersey’s geographic location and proximity to cities and ports exposes the state’s roadways to a lot of commercial traffic. By ensuring safer routes for truck drivers, all New Jersey drivers benefit from safer roads,” DiMaio said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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