Truckers: State Senate Knows What's Safe for Illinois Highways

Oct 03, 2007, 01:00 ET from Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

    GRAIN VALLEY, Mo., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Owner-Operator
 Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) supports the Illinois State Senate
 on its recent move to override Gov. Rod Blagojevich's veto on SB540. If the
 state House of Representatives follows suit, this would allow the same
 speed limits for large trucks and passenger vehicles alike.
     "This isn't rocket science," exclaimed OOIDA Executive Vice President
 Todd Spencer. "Having one speed limit in the state for both cars and trucks
 is the only speed limit policy that makes safety sense."
     Highway safety experts have recognized for decades that when vehicles
 travel the same speed, lane changes and passing -- which would otherwise
 keep vehicles in constant conflict -- are eliminated. One of the first
 university studies to show there is no safety benefit with slower speed
 limits for trucks was requisitioned and paid for by AAA.
     The safety science hasn't changed since then, but the politics have
     "Apparently AAA needs a bad guy on the highways to demonstrate their
 own worth and trucks are the convenient target," said Spencer. "Don't be
 fooled. This issue isn't about politics. It's about safety."
     Every year accident statistics show that cars are three to four times
 more likely to run into the back of a truck than the other way around.
 Rural stretches of interstate highway, where these limits would increase,
 are the absolute safest highways in the state.
     "If the speed limit change causes more trucks to use the interstate
 instead of two-lane roads where the odds of an accident are six times
 greater, we are way ahead in highway safety. No good comes from trucks
 running slower than surrounding traffic."
     The Association believes Illinois Legislature did the right thing by
 passing SB540 to eliminate split speed limits and the legislators should
 overwhelmingly override Gov. Blagojevich's misguided veto.
     The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the national
 trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking
 professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973
 and is headquartered in Grain Valley, MO. The Association currently has
 more than 156,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.
     Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

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