In 2007, Save Red Rock successfully partnered with Dina Titus to pass Senate Bill 128, which limits vehicles on Scenic Byway 159 to trucks less than 26,000 pounds with the exception of trucks with a destination point somewhere along 159. Further, in 2009 NDOT set travel restrictions on trucks longer than 70 feet. Two wins for Red Rock! Unfortunately, the enforcement of these laws has dwindled to the point where large trucks are routinely unlawfully utilizing Scenic Byway 159 with no traffic infractions for the drivers.
The heavy truck activity puts Red Rock visitors at risk, particularly the many bikers who enjoy this incredibly scenic bike route. We at Save Red Rock are working with law enforcement and the BLM to bring awareness to truck drivers that these laws exist and have the laws enforced.
Although we cannot limit all large trucks on the scenic byway, Save Red Rock is doing our part to ensure the scenic byway that transverses Red Rock Canyon is safer and more peaceful. We are working with the BLM Rangers and law enforcement to ramp up enforcement. Our team is consistently meeting with local leaders to keep you safe and reduce pollution. If you would like to support our lobbying efforts, please email a letter of support to [email protected].