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TRUCKS CAUSE ROAD HAZARDS, TOO

With reference to the editorial, "Cars, Not Trucks, Are Bigger Road Hazard," I agree. But there are some other problems that must be addressed.

I very seldom use the New York State Thruway anymore because of the higher rate of speed allowed now. I prefer to use the secondary roads, but we have a problem here with trucks. Truck drivers are always pressed for time, so that they can make their deliveries on schedule. As a result, they violate their own "no zone" -- the space between the front of their truck and the rear of the car directly ahead of them.

Using words taken from the editorial, "Drivers are oblivious to the fact that a truck needs much more stopping distance than a car." These trucks will loom in minutes and drive within a few short yards behind the unsuspecting motorists, tending to threaten them to get out of the way, either by increasing their speed beyond the speed limit or getting off the road to let the truck pass.

This is a very frightening and dangerous situation and cannot be tolerated. Truck divers who "tailgate" this way must be arrested for violating their own "no zone."

Another dangerous situation is that during the winter months, when the road surface is wet from snow mixed with salt and sand, the large truck tires throw up a cloud-like mist. It obscures the vision of car drivers who follow or want to pass these slower-moving trucks.

The multiple truck tires tend to emit this mist more from the sides of these trucks than from the rear. It should be mandatory that trucks with more than six wheels carry and use shields to contain the mist from these multiple tires.

I hope these problems are brought before the Federal Highway Administration, the American Automobile Association and the motoring industry when they work together on the new campaign to be designed so that drivers of cars and trucks can safely co-exist on our highways.

ELMER WOLF LeRoy

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