Jan. 23, 2013 —
In other words, each theft of a highway drainage grate creates the conditions for a horrific, multiple fatality accident.
Another negative factor is the cost to all of us taxpayers when the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has to replace each stolen grate, including many that have to be custom cast, often at an out-of-state foundry.
Add shipping and labor costs for installation and the figure goes even higher, frequently into the thousands of dollars for a single grate.
In our view, any scrap metal dealer who buys such material should be put out of business with the owner and/or manager sent to prison.