Raising the Speed Limit

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Deliveries for truck drivers in Ohio will soon go a little quicker than what they're used to.

The speed limit for trucks is set to raise in just a few months, and that's something truck drivers are glad to hear.

"I love it! That's the reason I've done it so long. It's a good job," Edgel Brookover said about driving trucks.

He also said it's an occupation where obeying the speed limit is a must.

"You get tickets, you don't make no money anyways," he said.

Fortunately for Brookover and other drivers, the speed limit for trucks on Ohio interstate highways is going up. In a few months the 55 will disappear from signs, allowing trucks to go 65 mph; the same speed as other traffic.

"You get paid by the mile, so the faster you can run the more you make," Brookover said.

Truck drivers in Ohio say they'll be glad when they can push that gas pedal down a little bit harder, and those they share the road with say as long as they're smart about it, they'll continue to feel safe.

"These guys are out here trying to make a living. Let's make it legal for them," Gwynda Stanley said.

"But not in the rain. They're already throwing off a terrible splash to you," Ruth Rosewell said.

"Some of the younger ones I think are more aggressive drivers than the older ones," George Thompson said.

"They're usually on a schedule, and if it's a family man then you want him to make his money," Mary Ann Geary said.

As for the drivers, they say safety is the top priority.

"Yeah, we can run 'em safely I'm sure. It's mostly flat land anyway," Brookover said.

The new speed limit for trucks will go into effect in ninety days.

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  • by Rob Location: Ohio on Apr 7, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    If you ask me it should be an even 70. My car get optimal fuel economy at 70mph and most other states around ohio have a 70mph speed limit without any problems. Either way this is a step in the right direction.
  • by RAY Location: BELPRE on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    they should probably raise it for commercial trucks . most of them don't obey the speed limit any how just like most passenger vehicles either. If I drive the speed limit everyone else passes you like you'e standing still. Truck drivers have certain times they have to keep to deliver their loads on time. people drive like their cars can't fail them A car or truck is only as good as the driver who controls it. There needs to be more safety awareness programs in place and stricter penaltys for wreckless driving.
  • by Hank Location: Marietta on Apr 3, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    Don't we remember? 2008 Presidential contender Hillary Clinton endorsed a return to the 55 MPH speed limit. "The 55 mile speed limit really does lower gas usage, and wherever it can be required and that people will accept it, we ought to do it," Clinton said.
  • by Charles Location: Marietta on Apr 3, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    The 55MPH National Maximum Speed Law in the United States was a provision of the 1974 Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act that prohibited speed limits higher than 55 mph (90 km/h). This law was modified in 1987 to allow 65 mph (105 km/h) limits on certain roads.This cap was intended to reduce gasoline consumption by 2.2% in response to the 1973 oil crisis. By raising the limit, oil consimsuption will rise at least 2.2%, driving the price of oil, and gas back up. That what we in the oil industry want. P.S. I am not a Republican, but I am a rich Democrat!
  • by Doris Location: Washington on Apr 3, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    For everyone the speed should be the same to make it easier but the speed when it rains should be lowered for everyone by 10 mph for safety. Another is the fact that the speed is different in surrounding states - all should be uniform - 65 is safer than 70 & saves on gas. Everyone needs to be aware that they should not use cruise when driving in the rain - can & does cause hydroplaining. Headlights should be mandatory in all states. Action needs to be taken also using cell phones which is a problem that needs addressed nation wide plus don't forget the seatbelts. Progress is and has been made, let's continue to try to always improve our traveling on our highways. Actually since traveling is so free nation wide it would be nice if all states had the same driving laws.
  • by Bob Location: Belmont on Apr 3, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    It isnt like they followed the speed limit regardless. Now they'll likely speed even more.
  • by Randy Location: parkersburg on Apr 2, 2009 at 11:33 PM
    It's about time !!
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