Letters: Truck drivers, give us a break

Editor:

Jake brakes are LOUD!

Everyday, as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m, there are cement trucks driving north and south on Highway 260 between Western Drive and Prairie Lane and these trucks use their Jake brakes to slow down coming up to Western Drive, usually for a red light at the intersection. I thought using Jakes in city areas is against the all noise bylaws.

For those who don't know what Jacob brakes are, they are compression release brakes installed on some diesel engines on larger trucks. You only have to be near a truck one time even with your car window closed to learn how LOUD those sounds are.

It's not just the big cement trucks but also a couple of gravel trucks from local Cottonwood and Camp Verde businesses that are the worst offenders. The drivers seem to take extra care to make sure they are as loud as possible if they have to stop at the red light on Western Drive and it doesn't seem to matter to them that there are houses and businesses on each side of 260 there. Some people living here work the night shift and need to sleep in the day time and in my opinion there's no reason to use those brakes even in the day time in a residential area.

Right now, my being forced to wake up again and again due to noise pollution is an experience I would like to share with some of those drivers. I'm not sure how to do this yet but this letter is a start. Tar, feathers, pitchforks and lit torches also come to mind. Maybe others who are also fed up will get on board as well. This problem is not new and has been going on for a long time.

I live more than a quarter mile away and it's loud over here - I can't imagine what the poor folks living and working near the intersection must have to put up with but in my opinion this noise pollution has to stop. What's the answer? I don't know but today I finally had enough. I also decided to complain before I'm forced to get a Facebook account to complain here.

C'mon, guys - 5 a.m. is not acceptable.

Wil Warren

Cottonwood

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