Speed limit to be raised for truckers on interstate roads
By JIM PROVANCE
BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF
COLUMBUS – A bill raising truck speed limits on interstates to 65 mph sped to the governor’s desk Wednesday despite concerns it might lead to more accidents and fatalities.
The change, which will take effect in three months, was one of numerous provisions tucked into a $9.2 billion, two-year transportation and public safety budget that also imposes a variety of fee hikes on truckers. Gov. Ted Strickland is expected to quickly sign the bill.
Gary Ellerbrock, 59, of Findlay, a commercial trucker for 14 years, isn’t traveling in the same lane as many of his counterparts when it comes to raising the speed limit.
“Most guys want it,” he said. “A lot of them are paid by the mile, but we’re going to see more deaths, more fatal accidents involving trucks. I’d like to see 60 mph for both [trucks and passenger vehicles]. If the limit is 65, they’re going to go 70.”
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