Tougher towing trailer regulation proposedA fatal collision between a runaway trailer and a car this year has inspired a state lawmaker to consider tougher regulation of towing trailers on Wisconsin’s roads.
By: Brian Bull, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
A fatal collision between a runaway trailer and a car this year has inspired a state lawmaker to consider tougher regulation of towing trailers on Wisconsin’s roads.
Last April on Highway 41 outside of Howard, a 19-year-old teacher was killed when a trailer came off the back of a pickup truck and smashed into her vehicle. The driver of the pickup was cited $400 for not having the proper safety chains and couplings.
Data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows that from 2005 to 2009, more than 6,700 crashes with trailers have been recorded statewide. These killed 52 people and injured nearly 2,700.
State Sen. Dave Hansen says he’s reviewing existing regulations. The Green Bay Democrat says he’ll look into developing legislation that’ll address hazardous towing practices by drivers.
But some question whether tougher laws are needed. Brian Ausloos is a sergeant with the Wisconsin State Patrol. He says at this point, there’s enough regulation that deals with the private use of trailers as long as individuals are adequately securing the trailer to the towing vehicle, using the proper safety devices that are already being regulated to be used.
Ausluss says continuing education and enforcement – as well as routine maintenance of safety features on trailers – can help reduce accidents.