DOTD: Truckers must use right lane on I-12
WALKER - After several wrecks along Interstate 12, the state is cracking down on 18-wheelers using the left lane to travel through construction zones.
The Department of Transportation and Development is now demanding that all commercial truck drivers remain in the right lane from Walker to the Tangipahoa Parish line. Drivers in Louisiana are required to stay in the right lane except for passing. Now the state is making no exceptions for truckers.
DOTD put up signs saying "Trucks use right lane" along the Interstate. State transportation leaders hope the signs will help to prevent crashes involving 18-wheelers. DOTD is urging drivers to use caution to avoid swerving in narrow lanes.
Motorists we spoke with say the signs will help, but they would like to see truckers hit with citations for breaking the law.
"That's great. Now it's just enforcing it, cause a sign doesn't mean nothing if you don't enforce it," said Billy Stokes. "Just being there to be seen I don't think is enough. They need to issue citations on that. Then that would probably like 75 percent of it will go away. Not all of it, but 75 percent I think."
State Police say troopers will be on the look-out to write tickets to aggressive drivers and truckers driving in the left lane. Troopers say the new I-12 enforcement will be similar to that on the Whiskey Bay Bridge on I-10.