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Worcester hopes to boost fines for bridge strikes

December 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Worcester are hoping to be able to increase fines to $5,000 or more for truckers who hit low bridges.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus is expected to ask the City Council on Tuesday for permission to petition state lawmakers to approve a bill allowing the city to penalize those who hit a bridge whose height is clearly marked with a $5,000 fine plus the cost of the city’s emergency response.

One bridge — the Cambridge Street bridge — had been hit at least 20 times this year. There were eight other bridge strikes in Worcester according to police who began electronically tracking bridge crashes for the first time at the beginning of 2014.

Currently, drivers receive $40 tickets for hitting a bridge.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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