Split speed limit measure likely dead in Alabama

| 6/12/2003

An attempt in Alabama to set up a split speed limit for trucks has likely died for this year.

SB8 would have set a maximum speed limit on the state’s interstates of 65 mph for tractor-trailers. The current speed limit on interstates is 70 mph. The bill would have also restricted trucks to the right lane or lanes of highways and set the fine for either offense at $150 for the first offense and $300 for any subsequent offense.

The bill was given a favorable recommendation by the Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Committee. However, it has not yet passed the full Senate. According to a spokeswoman at the Legislature, since the session ends soon, the bill would have to pass by unanimous consent to send it to the House this year.