The Galveston Daily News Published October 25, 2009

Letters to the Editor

October 26, 2009

Trailer Safety Is A Must

Recently, a letter to the editor was published titled “Trailer safety is being ignored on our roads” (The Daily News, Oct. 8).

Our organization,, couldn’t agree more. Our roadways have become even more dangerous due to this unchecked industry.

Regulations aren’t in place for any utility trailer just 1 pound under 3,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. There isn’t any training, no inspections and a trailer can even be built by you.

Our organization has been trying to address this ongoing concern for almost seven years. I urge Daily News readers to go to dangeroustrail, and the next time they’re out and about, to take notice of the countless number of trailers being hauled daily on our roadways.

If they look closely, they’ll see many are improperly attached to the tow vehicle, don’t have working lights, safety chains and are unacceptably maintained.

They should then ask themselves: “Why am I riding behind or next to this person trying to kill or injure my family and me?”

Ron Melancon
Glen Allen, Va.

    Original Letter Published October 8, 2009

    Trailer Safety Is Being Ignored On Our Roads

    During my daily travels, I have noticed an increase in trailers on the roads. I also have noticed that many of them are unsafe.

    There should be a law requiring trailers to be inspected annually, as there is for our automobiles.

    I have seen unsafe items such as nonworking lights, bad tires, unused or absent safety chains and unsecured loads.

    Also, if it is obvious that these trailers are used for business and commercial use, they should be registered as commercial trailers.

    Some I have seen numerous times with the same safety violations.

    Are the law enforcement agencies just turning their heads or not seeing the same violations I see?

    Aubrey Edmundson
    Santa Fe

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