Back in May, we reported on a new law that would fine any truck driver who attempted to drive down Smuggler’s Notch in Cambridge, Vermont. The law promised a hefty fine of $1,000 for using the road and a $2,000 fine if the truck blocks traffic.

The law came to fruition after many drivers failed to ignore warning signs and became lodged in the pass.


On Monday, a truck driver attempted to drive his big rig through a section of Vermont 108, which passes through Smuggler’s Notch . According to Burlington Free Press, the trucker tried to get through the pass, but instead got stuck.

Vermont State Police fined 33-year-old Alexander Gendreau of Easthampton, Massachusetts, $2,000 for blocking traffic in both directions while attempting to move his vehicle off the road.

Police say he ignored the warning signs and attempted to back down the twisting mountain road.

Burlington Free Press
Burlington Free Press

The truck driver had no choice but to try to turn around, which wasn’t easy on the steep road.

Lawmakers hoped that the new fines would decrease the amount of trucks attempting to travel down this road.