Members of the Iowa House of Representatives will soon be voting on legislation (HF 268) that will increase speed limits on the state's interstate highways to 70 mph for cars while maintaining the 65 mph maximum for trucks over 10,000 pounds.
OOIDA has sent letters to every member of the state House of Representatives urging them to not create a differential speed limit between cars and trucks. "While I am sure that many lawmakers will read the letter they receive from OOIDA," says OOIDA's Todd Spencer, "our words mean far more when they are reinforced by calls and contacts from the folks back home.
Spencer says this legislation could be debated on the House floor as early as Monday, Feb. 25, 2002 at 5:00 p.m., so time is of the essence.
The bill already has two amendments that will also be considered and debated on fines for speeding. Amendment 8048 would place the fine for any speeding violation of 10 mph or less over the limit at $100, for 11 to 20 mph over the limit at $200, and for speeds above 20 mph over the limit at $200 plus $25 for each mph above the 20 over.
Amendment 8050 has slightly lower amounts for fines for speeding violations, but it contains a provision that would allow the police agency writing the speeding ticket to keep half the amount of the fine to purchase new patrol vehicles. This could easily be an open invitation to create speed traps, says Spencer.
If and when this legislation is passed by the House, it would move to the state Senate. In January of 2001, Senate Bill 27 was introduced to increase speed limits to 70 mph for all vehicles. The legislation was assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee with no further action since then.
Note to Iowa truckers: If you already know who your state representative is call 515-281-3221 and they will connect you. If you do not know who your state representative is call Angel Burnell at OOIDA (816-229-5791) for assistance.