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Rhode Island police issue biggest ever fine for heavy truck: $57,000

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police have issued what’s thought to be the biggest fine ever for a motor vehicle violation in the state: a $57,000 fine against a company that was transporting a 560,000-pound (254,011-kilogram) load through the state without a permit.

Police announced the fine against Bay Crane Northeast on Tuesday.

The company’s truck was stuck on the side of Interstate 95 in Warwick for several days in June because it was ruled too heavy for state bridges.

The state’s maximum allowable load without a permit is 80,000 pounds (36,287 kilograms). The truck with its load, a giant generator, was seven times that.


The truck reached its destination in Medway, Massachusetts, on July 14.

A message left with Bay Crane Northeast requesting comment about the fine was not immediately returned.