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Posted on May 20th, 2009,
by Zane Cagle

Illinois proposal to raise speed limit for truckers gains both support and criticism

Posted on May 20th, 2009 by Zane Cagle

Illinois lawmakers are once again putting forth a bill to the state governor that would raise interstate speed limits to 65 miles per hour for truckers, the exception being in Chicago and surrounding areas. Put forth three times already to ex-governor Rob Blagojevich who vetoed the measure, lawmakers passed the bill quickly this time to get it to Rob Quinn’s desk.

Although the bill seems like a simple concept, it has created quite a safety debate over the benefits and risks of allowing truckers to travel the same speed as other drivers.

On the one hand, slower trucks cause traffic congestion, which increases the rate of accidents between trucks and fast-moving cars.

On the other side, however, are critics who say that trucks are already driving well-beyond the current 55 mph limit, and that increasing it to 65 mph would only encourage truckers to drive even faster. This obviously raises a major safety concern for other drivers since semis have a limited stopping speed and have the ability to cause catastrophic damage in accidents due to their weight and size.

As of now, Governor Quinn has not yet stated where he stands on the measure.

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