"Jake breaks" ordinance one step closer to being implemented

The chairman of the supervisors Rocky De Witt says a lot of residents along highway 20 in Moville and Lawton want the ordinance passed. They've been complaining about the noise created when truckers use a jake brake to slow down or come to a stop.

Woodbury County's sheriff has issues with a proposed ordinance that's before the Board of Supervisors.

That ordinance would ban the use of compression brakes or "jake brakes" in Woodbury County communities.

The chairman of the supervisors Rocky De Witt says a lot of residents along highway 20 in Moville and Lawton want the ordinance passed.

They've been complaining about the noise created when truckers use a jake brake to slow down or come to a stop.

A "jake brake" is an engine braking mechanism that's installed on some diesel engines.

It tends to create a loud noise when it's used.

"We'd like to think that the good guys will abide by the signs especially when they're going through towns or near towns and some of these subdivisions that are right off the highways but it's still going to be a difficult thing to enforce for the sheriff's office."

Sheriff Dave Drew doesn't agree with the proposed ordinance he even took it to Twitter saying it's the least of their worries.

"Deputies duties are far more important then getting involved in a jake break that occasionally goes through a community or town. It's not a high priority. We don't see that it's an issue to involve deputies that are on patrol there are far more important things to be involved in."

De Witt says one option the board is looking at is adding extra signs along the county's highways.

The third and possibly final vote on this issue will come before the board on December 18th.

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