Effort renewed to raise truck speed limits

March 11, 2009 8:06:39 AM PDT
Illinois legislators are making another effort to raise the interstate speed limit for semi-trailer trucks to 65 miles per hour. Three times lawmakers approved raising the speed limit for semis from 55 to 65 mph. Former governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed it each time.

Those who want trucks to legally travel at 65 mph argue it's safer for them to be moving more with the flow of traffic. Opponents say faster-moving rigs are more dangerous.

Democratic Sen. John Sullivan of Rushville is sponsoring the latest proposal. Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Tuesday the governor hasn't taken a position on the idea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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