Pennsylvania Police Officer Issues $37,000 Traffic TicketS

In what's certainly the second-most interesting thing to happen in Bethlehem, PA, a police officer in the Pennsylvania city issued a traffic ticket for $37,554.54. What was the crime? Being really overweight.

It all started when a 160-foot truck and trailer tipped over while carrying a 213,000-pound steel cylinder. After two tow trucks and a crew of police worked hours to remove the truck and park it on the side of the road, they looked through the paperwork and noticed the company lacked the appropriate "super load" permit. This is a big no-no as you need to file an appropriate route so you don't accidentally knock down a bridge.

In addition to the fine, the company had to re-file the correct paperwork and get a police escort to move the truck, which took three weeks to get together. All told, the extra costs and traffic fine likely far exceed the time and money the trucking company hoped to save by not getting the right permit.

[Lehigh Valley Express-Times]

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(For the record, the most famous thing in the history of Bethlehem, PA is the birth of someone very famous... Michael Andretti)