Increased truck traffic prompts proposed ‘Jake Brakes’ ban
Floresville city councilmen (from left) Mario Morones, Johnnie R. Gomez, and John W. Guerrero, Mayor Daniel Tejada (second from right), and Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo congratulate Lt. Jesse Evins of the Floresville Police Department April 12 as Evins was recognized as the city’s April employee of the month.
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Wilson County News April 18, 2012 3,471 views 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- The loud, rumbling staccato sound of engine-braking systems used on heavy trucks could soon become a memory here, as the Floresville City Council is working to prohibit the use of the devices sometimes called “Jake Brakes.” The council, at its April 12 meeting, unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that would impose criminal fines upon violators. . . .
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Dear Floresville City Council,
I'll "almost" cide with you for back in the day, and if you could afford one, engine brakes were only used to come down "mountains"...anyone using one on flat ground ... More ›
Dear Floresville City Council,
I'll "almost" cide with you for back in the day, and if you could afford one, engine brakes were only used to come down "mountains"...anyone using one on flat ground was a wimp!
So here is the deal...the City of Flo can not write city ordinance tickets to a DOT vehicle on US or State Hwys (for the use of engine brakes).
Unless, "the tractor trailer is on a city owned/maintained street"! Go to Marble Falls and see what happened when they tried to enforce the same ordinance on US 281!
Does anyone on the City Council in Flo realize how effective engine brakes are in slowing a heavy vehicle? In addition, do the same realize the importance of auxilary brakes, and understand the caliber of persons driving these 80K lb vehicles? Do you really want to reduce braking??
Here's a more thoughtful approach:
#1 After 10pm have all the traffic lights stay green on major roadways unless a vehicle stops in the traffic loop on a side street to activate a light change (A traffic loop is a magnetic or video area which will electronics will recognize that a vehicle has entered an area and an action needs to occur).
#2 Available 24 hrs have the traffic lights to flash/blink the green light, "before it changes to yellow"...this will give advance warning of a signal change, thus increasing the available stopping/reaction distance.
#3 More than likely, the hardware and software are already avaialable on the traffic lights on the major roadways/intersections, it's just a matter of approval, and programming to get this underway!
#4 Install signs coming into town indicating the aforementioned (the city is working with the tractor trailers as an indication of good faith) and the majority of the drivers will voluntarily turn off their engine brakes while in town!
Waa-laa, problem solved!