The recent winter weather which plunged much of the Midwest and Northeast into sub-zero temperatures also brought hazardous driving conditions to many areas. Heavy trucks were banned from parts of the New York Thruway for three days, but some chose to drive anyway. Now New York State says truckers who violated the ban may face criminal charges.
Troopers on the Thruway had their hands full assisting drivers so not many truckers on the road received citations. But one high-profile accident in particular drew the ire of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
It started when a truck jackknifed and hit a state trooper’s squad car. The squad car was then struck by a second truck. By the time it was over, 21 vehicles were involved. No one died, but multiple people including the state trooper wound up in the hospital.
Both truckers involved in the accident were cited immediately. State police say the drivers were ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device, speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely, and driving across hazard markings. The drivers were both hit with $450 fines and had two points added to their licenses. But that might not be all.
Cuomo is now reportedly considering criminal charges against drivers who violated the truck ban. His office issued a statement which promised that “anyone found to have done something they shouldn’t will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”