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Should the government force truck drivers to go slower?

Government officials are debating the possibility of forcing trucks and buses to go more slowly when traveling down some of our busiest highways. The new proposal applies to vehicles that weigh over 26,000 pounds.

Under the terms of the proposed law, all such new vehicles would have a device attached to them that would note if the vehicle exceeds a specific speed, such as 60 or 65 miles per hour. The device would prevent the driver from going any faster. In fact, most trucks already have such devices, but they aren't always used.

According to CBS Boston, officials are proposing such potential limits in an effort to help reduce the number of yearly fatal crashes in this country. They also state that limiting speeds for heavy trucks would help save roughly a billion dollars in annual fuel costs.

Some Believe That Speed Limits May Cause More Accidents, Not Fewer

The new proposal is an effort of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The proposed law will be fully subject to public comment and debate before it is enacted.

The new law is heartily embraced by many safety advocates as well as those who do not drive for a living. However, a significant percentage of the country's truck drivers believe that the potential new law may actually cause harm rather than protect the public.

They point out that many other drivers on the road drive faster than the proposed limits. Should truck drivers be prohibited from driving any faster, this may actually cause accidents instead of preventing them.

A Decade In The Making

This proposed law is over a decade in the making. It was first proposed in 2006 by a group called Roadsafe America. This organization was founded by two parents who lost their son because the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding. They have been joined in their quest by the American Trucking Association.

Limits Or No Limits, Accidents Will Occur

Ultimately, there will always be truck accidents as long as there are trucks on the road, regardless of the laws in place. This is why it is important to be aware of this potential problem. Should an accident happen, injury victims should consider seeking advice from a personal injury attorney skilled in these matters.

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