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Vermont town triples fines for covered bridge violations

December 25, 2021 GMT

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) —

The Select Board in Lyndon has tripled the fines for height and weight limit violations on two covered bridges, hours after the latest vehicle collision with one of the bridges.

Drivers that exceed the limits will face fines of $5,000 for a first offense, $10,000, for a second offense, and $15,000 for third and subsequent offenses, the Caledonian Record reported this week.

The increased fines are meant as a deterrent and to fund mitigation measures for the Miller’s Run bridge, which was struck for the sixth time this year on Monday morning, the newspaper reported.

The town plans to install steel I-beam structures at either end of the bridge to block tall vehicles. The town is also considering adding surveillance cameras to capture offenders’ license plates.

The change in fines will go into effect in 60 days.