Safety Advocates Push for Speed Limiters on Large Commercial Trucks
Road Safe America is leading a campaign for speed limiters on all Class 8 trucks (the heaviest of trucks, including tractor-trailers), according to CDLife.com, a trucking website. The group wants to limit semi-trucks to 65 mph.
The nonprofit group’s web page, “Big-Rig Speed-Limiter Use Must Be Required on Large Trucks,” encourages people to contact their representatives in Congress to mandate the speed limitation devices. The page provides links to legislators.
The group was started by the parents of Cullum Owings, who was killed in a car vs. big rig crash in 2002. In a statement, the group praises truckers and places the blame on unfortunate industry practices:
“We feel that the average trucker is not treated with the respect and courtesy they deserve. After all, they provide ‘backbone’ services to the entire economy. They are also often overworked due to an incredibly dangerous and unfair predominant pay method – pay by-the-mile. We believe that this is not only unsafe, but also immoral.”
What Are Some of Their Arguments?
Road Safe America urges supporters to make the following points when contacting lawmakers:
- Speed limiting capability is already on all but the oldest Class 8 trucks, so the cost is minimal.
- The majority of U.S. trucks already limit their top speed (usually 65 mph) because it is safer and saves money on fuel.
- A U.S. Department of Transportation study concluded trucks not using their speed governors were in twice as many high-speed collisions.
- A national survey by McLaughlin and Associates found 79 percent of voters favor the requirement and 45 percent “strongly favor it,” while just 13 percent are opposed.
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