Jason Sydnor, an officer with the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE), spoke to Logan County fiscal court Tuesday about increased enforcement in Logan County by the state to assure trucks hauling waste to the landfill are in compliance.
After numerous complaints from the citizens, the sheriff’s department, and Magistrate Jack Crossley about waste hauling trucks traveling 431 south flinging garbage on the roadways, the KVE has decided to put together a detail of approximately five officers who will make their presence once a week in Logan.
“We are targeting all trucks,” said Sydnor, however, there is one in particular that seems to be drawing the most complaints. Sydnor says they are going to be getting tougher on these trucks and are going to write citations for all non-compliance violations from dirty tail lights to leaking truck beds.
“We need to send a message, that if you come to Logan County, you better be doing right,” said Sydnor.
There has been a problem in Logan County for some time now, says Second District Magistrate Crossley, who travels 431 South on a daily basis. Crosley has been making noise about the trash blowing from the trucks for months. There has also been complaints that some of the trucks, which are concrete, are driving hazardously and endangering the lives of other drivers on the road.
Sydnor says these trucks are now traveling on other roads into Logan County such as Hwy. 79 Clarksville Road. He said he counted between 73-75 waste hauling trucks in one day.
“I keep hearing somebody is going to get killed,” said Sydnor. “We want the county and its citizens to know we are working hard in Logan County for the citizens and are trying our best.”
Some of the citations carry a fine of as much as $700. He asked the county for help by not deferring the citations that are meant to be a loud and clear warning to straighten up.