Measure Would Allow Truckers to Go 75 mph in Idaho

January 18, 2012

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A senator in northern Idaho wants to allow truckers to drive 75 mph in the state. The current speed limit for semis in Idaho is 65 mph while cars are allowed to drive 75 mph.

Republican Sen. Jim Hammond introduced the measure in the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday. The measure says that increasing the speed limit for trucks will boost safety because it will result in less frequent passing.

Sen. Tim Corder will not oppose the measure but says the issue runs deeper than speed. Corder says raising the speed limit means owner-operator trucks will likely drive 80 mph to maximize miles and pay. He also points out that owners of big fleets choose slower speeds anyway to maximize fuel efficiency.

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