Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 3, 1974 · Page 7
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, April 3, 1974
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(Drake University JoumalismStudait I DES MOlNES - "The ol* eastbound ichicken coop is all lit up 'closed'. Westbound looks pretty quiet." "Wait, jhvo cars pulled into the easroound chicken coop. They might be getting ready to open."./ "All's clear on the east- txnuuLcomebn, come on." Each day citizen band (CB) radio conversations like these are passing between truckers checking on the status of weight stations, code named chicken coops, on Iowa Highways. For some truckers, they "just can't afford to get stopped" by the weight enforcement officials. If a scale is open, the trucker can try to avoid it, facing a possible $100 fine if caught by the Iowa Highway Commission. Truckers are worried about this and often warn "boys out there, if your're overweight, don't admit it over the radio because the scale men are out looking for you." But the truckers don't have too much to worry about, according to Richard Howe, executive secretary for the Iowa Reciprocity Board which oversees truck enforcement efforts. Howe admits that presently, the Iowa Highway Commission is fighting "a loosing battle" in its attempts to catch all rnirks in violation. Dennis Ehlert, head of the commission's traffic enforcement division, recently admitted to highway commissioners that truckers are continually eluding weight stations through the use of CB radios. On a recent afternoon, this Drought, Famine, Increasii^ By NEA-London Economist News Service NAIROBI — Africa's great drought is spreading. Having dried up a.belt just south of the Sahara (torn Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, the drought and its shadow, famine,,,'are intensifying and moving southwards. .A Norwegian official said four weeks ago that a million people are dying of starvation in Niger, just one of six west African countries worst hit. In Ethiopia, government officials estimate that 700,000 people in the south of the country are now affected by the drought that has already killed 100,0(H) in the northern provinces and still threatens another 1.3 million people there. It has come to Kenya too. The cumulative effects of low rainfall Mer most of the country in fne past three years promise to make 1974 grimmer even than 1961, the worst year for drought in living memory. In the Kajara district, for instance, which is only 40 miles from the capital, Nairobi, there were about 700,000 head of cattle and a similar number of wild animals a few months ago. Today the stock is half that. Carcasses litter even the main road to Nairobi. The pressure on land in Kenya is intense, and much of it is overigrazed. The animals of the nomadic Masai have multiplied too fast, and now are" suffering a malthusian solution. It spells disaster for the people: a fully-grown beast normally sells for about $455 when, delivered to the Kenya Meat Commission, but the price has now dropped by two-tnirdsJ And tne wretched cows havje no milk for the Masai, whose main food it is. Inevitably, the children are the first to suffer. Rain should normally come to central Kenya in April but, if the pattern of the past few years is repeated, nothing can be expected until October. By then the drought's victims in Kenya may! be measured not in hundreds but in thousands. Because the Kenyan government is unwilling to declare a state of famine, the relief organizations cannot come in with supplies. Yet all the evidence'suggests that the worst effects of drought can be avoided only if the situation is tackled early. It wafe through a failure to recognize the seriousness of the situation in Ethiopia last year that so many people died there* A similar "pattern of neglect and inertia" is blamed for the scale of the disaster in the West Afrjjjban countries by a report made for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Some Truckers Use CB Radios to Elude Iowa Weigh Stations reporter ninmunvci truckers CB conversations when tin Interstate 80 weight station was in operation near Des Moines. At least twice each half hour, truckers using nicknames would check on the status of the eastbound chicken coop. Another trucker would immediately reply that the station was "open for business" of "litupclosed." Then, a trucker knowingly violating a law can take the nearest exit, skirting around open weight stations on another highway, re-entering the main highway on past the scales. The result ? No arrest and no fine. Ehlert said. "The trucker may lose an hour by going around. But that extra weight in his shipment is gravy for him. It's income." Highway officials estimate as many as one in four truckers has a CB unit in his truck cab. "There's no question in any of our minds that CB radios are in wide use,"admits Ehlert. He said the highway commission also is using five CB radio units to monitor truckers' conversations. But since truckers rarely reveal their exact road location, the radio gives highway weight enforcement officials little assistance in tracking down a wayward trucker. Also, the commission's five units have a hard time covering all 32 weigh stations in the state. The Federal Communications Commission which licenses CB operators said there is no way to stop truckers from using radios to avoid scales. FCC spokesman Paul Hampton said the FCC realized it "happens all the time, but it's just one of those things. "Our law states they shouldn't use the CB radio to circumvent a state law. But in this case, there is no state law that says it is illegal to go around weight stations," he added. Highway officials agree. A large truck traveling off the interstate highway may look suspicious, particularly when the scales are open. But the commission has no way to prove that trucker is purposely avoiding the scales. Ehlert said if a large number of trucks were seen using the same exit near an open weight station, the commission relies on the Iowa Highway Patrol to notify it. However, Sgt. Harlan Pratt, assistant post commander for Post no. 1 near the Polk County 1-80 scales, said, "We don't make a practice of this (looking for overweight trucks). We've got too many other things to do." Ehlert said the only way to trap a trucker using way to trap a trucker using a CB radio to outwit weight enforcement officials is "to be in a position to actually see him use the radio and tell other truckers he is taking a particular exit to miss the scales. You have to identify him to arrest him.'' With the commission's present set-up, scales are in limited operation with irregular hours. Ehlert said three men work the scales, and if scheduling permits, a fourth is assigned to travel highways surrounding scales looking for wayward truckers. Trucks are inspected for proper registration, licensing, length weight, reciprocity and fuel tax laws. If they are found in violation, the truckers are issued court summons and sent to the nearest magistrate court. Weight fines for last year averaged about $40 per violation. All other violations, including avoiding scales, are misdemeanors, subject to fines up to $100. The number of violations detected by scale officials has nearly doubled in the last eight years. In 1964. there were 18,196 violations resulting in $433,559 in fines. By 1972 they had 34,082 violations and $782,248. Ehlert said the increase can be explained by an expansion in their number of enforcement officials, more weight scale facilities, and more trucks traveling Iowa roads. Howe of the Iowa Reciprocity Board said the real answer to the truck problem is to sharply increase fines — a move that would require new legislation. PRENGER FURNITURE "Quality Name Brands you know at always Low Prices/' West on Hwy. 30 — Carroll OPEN: Wednesday and Friday till 9 Sunday 1-5 sale... save nowf Daystrom special purchase Enjoy the modern magic of carefree Daystrom dining! Here is light-hearted informal dining adaptable to your life style — be it modern or traditional. The emphasis is on good looks fashioned in easy care with minimum wear materials. Vinyl upholsteries are washable. Table tops are clad in mar and stain resistant plastic. Metal finishes are chip resistant. Daystrom dining groups are scaled to fit every size dining area. 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