Blagojevich Vetos Truck Speed Limit Bill, Again
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich put the brakes on higher speed limits for trucks again Thursday. He vetoed legislation that would have increased speed limits for large trucks to 65 miles per hour on rural interstate highways. They can currently only go 55 mph, while cars can travel 65 mph.
Blagojevich vetoed a similar measure that lawmakers sent him last year. He says he fears that faster trucks will mean bloodier accidents because the force of impact is stronger the faster a truck goes.
But truckers say it's actually safer because all vehicles are traveling at the same speed. They argue they need uniform speeds like 40 other states have to help business.