OOIDA issued a Call to Action today, urging Illinois members to take decisive action regarding the critical trucker issue of split speed limits. Illinois state representatives will have the opportunity to end split speed limits when they return to Springfield on April 1. House Bill 5912 has already cleared the House chamber twice with the third and final reading possible as early as April 1.
So far, the legislation introduced by Representative Raymond Poe has encountered little opposition but time is running out. If HB 5912 does not receive a third favorable reading on the House floor by April 5, the measure is done for this year.
Once the House passes the legislation, the measure moves on to the state Senate for its consideration.
"We are asking Illinois members to phone and/or fax their state representative and urge their support of HB5912," says OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. "Highways will always be safest when all vehicles are traveling at the same speeds."
All state representatives can be reached through the capitol switchboard at (217) 782-2000. If you don't know the name of your state representative you can call the OOIDA membership department at 1-800-444-5791 to obtain that information.
Chicago area truckers could also boost chances for this bill to pass by calling Representative Michael Madigan, the Speaker of the House. Speaker Madigan sets the schedule for which bills are considered. Representative Madigan can be reached at (217) 782-5350 or by fax at (217) 524-1794.
"Now would also be a good time to alert your state Senator that HB 5912 will be coming to them soon and to urge their support of uniform speed limit legislation," says Spencer.