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Truckers protest doesn’t strain Beltway as feared

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The first day of a three-day truckers protest planned for interstates nationwide had little to no impact on Capital Beltway traffic Monday morning and afternoon.

SaveAmericaFund.org, based out of California, asked truckers across America to rally together and create slow-rolling road blocks in protest of a change in U.S. Department of Transportation policy making it easier for Mexican-owned trucks to traverse the nation.

But Maryland State Police spokesman Arthur Betts said nothing came of the planned protest locally and there was normal traffic flow on Interstate 495. Betts could only guess as to why the backup never happened.

"I don’t know how they went about sponsoring it," Betts said. "Maybe there were scheduling problems or even problems with fuel costs. I feel they may have been seeking independent truckers."

Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Joan Morris said she could not speculate as to why she saw no signs of the protest, but like Betts, reported no impact on traffic preceding the regular morning rush hour.

"Our traffic controllers did not see anything out of the ordinary," Morris said.

While on her way to the state capital in Sacramento, Calif., Wanda Piety, head of SaveAmericaFund.org said the protest was alive and well. After her interview yesterday morning on the Drew Raines radio show, broadcast from out of Arkansas, Raines called Piety to inform her he could see a number of truckers on the local interstate through a live traffic camera. Piety said she also heard reports of slow-rolling trucks on Interstate 5 in San Diego, but that information about other areas, such as the D.C. metro area, come less frequently because she lives on the West Coast.

"I would just keep watching because it’s supposed to go on for three days," Piety said.

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