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Trucking group pushes 65 mph limit for big rigs

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PORT ALLEN - A trucking group is urging the government to slow down 18-wheelers across the nation by putting electronic speed limiters on the big rigs.

Truckers we spoke with at stops in Port Allen were not happy to hear that the government could put the brakes on their trucks.

"I think that people that only want trucks running at 65 mph ought to have their own stinking highway and get out from mine," said Roy Cooper from Arkansas.

"I mean it won't be any safer," said Timothy Moye of Georgia. "They're taking about safety. Man we've got cars running over us. We got cars running down the interstate at 65, 75, 80 mph."

The American Trucking Associations says nearly 70 percent of trucking companies already use speed limiters, but the group says that's not enough. ATA feels slowing trucks down will reduce the number and severity of crashes. Accident attorney Amber Day agrees.

"If you think about the size and weight of those vehicles, a lot of times we're talking about catastrophic damages," she said. "So if we can reduce the speed and reduce the number of accidents and injuries it would make our roads a lot safe for not only our clients but for the community as a whole."

The Department of Transportation says the new standard would not cost much money. It would require installation of speed limiting devices on all heavy trucks, but most already have the equipment installed.

"We've been regulated to death in this industry ever since the start of this industry, and it don't do anything but get worse and worse and worse," said Cooper.

ATA also backs slowing down all traffic with a national speed limit of 65 mph for all vehicles.

 

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