This is a copy of a post I made to:
In response to a story about the possibility of Illinois raising it’s truck speed limit to 65 mph.
When the national speed limit of 55 mph was removed, there were many dire predictions of “carnage on the highways” and “the gutters would run red with blood”. Guess what? Didn’t happen. In fact, in a number of states, accident rates DECLINED! Out west, speed limits on interstates are 75 mph – for cars and trucks. Funny, then, that there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of carnage on the highways out there. Indiana recently raised their truck speed limit to 65. No carnage or blood running in the gutters there either.
As a trucker with well over 1 million consecutive safe miles, I’ve seen drivers in automobiles doing all kinds of stuff while driving. One of the worst, is the person in such a huge hurry that they have to weave in and out of traffic. Throw in a bunch of semis that are moving 10 mph slower than the flow of cars, and you have a recipe for disaster.
There are lots of other things that could be done to improve safety on the highways. Since those things are not particularly on point for this story, please visit my blog at:
and read the post “Watchdogs and the HOS regulations” for a few ideas on things that would help.