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August 30, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Lifted trucks populate Washington roads

Why no law enforcement?

As Washington state continues to concentrate on people driving as low as 4 mph over the posted speed limit, and continues to enforce mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, it continues to ignore trucks lifted to ridiculous heights, with mandatory bumper-height requirements completely ignored.

Why have we, as taxpayers, spent millions and possibly billions of dollars on research and vehicle safety requirements? People are afraid to drive 26 in a 25-mph zone, yet every single day I see trucks with bumpers lining up with my windshield, wheels sticking out as much as 8 inches beyond the body, lifted over a foot with no mud flaps of any kind.

Vehicles raised that much also have blinding headlamps.

There must be a reason for this flagrant violation of safety and common sense. The speed limit and helmet law examples are used here to illustrate the fact that the state can enforce safety laws if it wishes to.

Why is it choosing to ignore the obvious with these ridiculous trucks?

Dan Saucier, Bremerton

Comments | More in Politics, Public safety | Topics: law, lifted trucks, rules of the road

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