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Call 11 For Action: City to keep trucks off residential streets after WTOL asks questions

Rick Shriner says large trucks like this one barrel down Ottawa River Road, disregarding signs saying such traffic is prohibited. Rick Shriner says large trucks like this one barrel down Ottawa River Road, disregarding signs saying such traffic is prohibited.
Signs like this one have hung around the glass city for years, but for the past 5 Toledo has done nothing to back up the warning. Signs like this one have hung around the glass city for years, but for the past 5 Toledo has done nothing to back up the warning.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Rick Shriner says there's no place other than Point Place he'd like to live. Shriner's one major complaint about living in the point is all the commercial vehicles, trucks and 18-wheelers barreling down his residential section of Ottawa River Road.

"It just rattles the windows in the house and everything," said Shriner.

A sign just outside Shriner's house plainly states "through vehicles over 6,000 lbs prohibited." Shriner says many truck drivers completely ignore the sign.

Shriner was so fed up with the trucks, he called the WTOL Call 11 for Action Office. We took his concerns to Mayor D. Michael Collins, who admitted the city has not enforced street weight limits since 2009.

According to Collins, staffing issues made it impossible for the police department to enforce weight limits.

"Back in 2010, we had the lowest number of officers per capita than any other city in the United States," said Collins.

Fining truck drivers for violating weight limits was once a source of revenue for the city, though. Back in 1999, the city made $150,000 off such fines. By 2009, that total had fallen to $30,000.

After WTOL's Brandon Jones took the concerns of Shriner and many other Toledoans to the Mayor, Collins says Toledo Police will begin enforcing the weight limits again soon. That is, if city council goes along with his plan. 

"If council approves, we could probably get this program up and running by the beginning of our fourth quarter in 2014," said Collins.

Collins says his plan calls for TPD to use two traffic aides and two sworn officers already on the force. The city would also purchase a new scale for about $40,000.

Police Chief Bill Moton has told Mayor Collins it will cost the city about $300,000 to get the program up and running again.

If you need help, call the WTOL Call 11 For Action office at 419-255-2255.

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