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Cuomo: Truck ban violators face fines, charges

January 31, 2019 04:48 AM

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WHEC) -- On Wednesday, the state of New York doubled-down on their travel ban for tractor trailers and buses on part of the New York State Thruway.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke Wednesday evening about the ban after a 21-vehicle crash on I-90 involved several big rigs. 

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Since the ban went into effect Tuesday evening, more than 30 crashes have happened on the Thruway and according to Hochul, nearly all have involved tractor trailers. 

"We have to make sure they are off the roads and if they don't comply there's going to be serious consequences because we have serious accidents that are directly correlated to them remaining on the roads in violation of the ban," said Hochul. "There was plenty of notice, plenty of notice to find alternative routes." 

The 21-vehicle pileup in Batavia involved several tractor trailers and left a New York state trooper injured with a fractured sternum.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement late Wednesday in response to drivers disobeying the ban: 

"Tractor trailer and truck restrictions exist for the safety of the driver, but also for the safety of everyone else on the road and first responders. Our message tonight is simple: violating the tractor trailer ban is illegal. Violators will be punished with fines up to $450, two points on the license and potential criminal charges. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but make no mistake: anyone found to have done something they shouldn't, will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law." 

The ban will remain in effect for the duration of the storm. 

Here’s a list of highways with bans:

  • New York State Thruway from exit 46 ( Rochester I-390) to the Pennsylvania border.
  • Interstate 190
  • Interstate 290
  • State Route 400
  • U.S. Route 219 from Peters Road to Interstate 9
  • State Route 5 from State Route 179 to I-190
  • Interstate 81 from the Canadian border to State Route 104. 

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