has lowered the speed limit and imposed lane restrictions on trucks
on I-10 through the Atchafalaya Basin, and so far, truckdrivers
are obeying them, KPLC TV reported Sept. 11.
the same cannot be said for cars.
television station reported that, while no 18-wheelers have been
ticketed in the area, in just one two-hour period, state troopers
cited 33 motorists for speeding between 77 and 92 miles per hour.
number of car tickets occurred despite the fact that cars can legally
travel faster than trucks under the new restrictions. Trucks are
limited to 55 mph and travel in the right lane; cars can travel
in the left lane and run up to 60 mph.
Gov. Mike Foster, a Republican, recently bypassed the Legislature,
ordering the speed limit reduction and lane restrictions for heavy
trucks on the highway. The action came after a truckdriver and four
others died in an 11-vehicle pile-up accident on I-10 between Butte
La Rose and Whiskey Bay.
this year, the state’s Legislature failed to pass two bills that
would have restricted trucks to the right lane.
would have restricted heavy trucks weighing at least 5,000 pounds
from passing any motor vehicle on an elevated thoroughfare or on
a street or highway within a municipality. HB1478 would have permitted
city governments to adopt ordinances restricting heavy trucks weighing
at least 5,000 pounds to the right lane on all city streets, roads
bills were still in the House Transportation Committee when the
Legislature adjourned June 23.
governor’s action has sparked criticism from the trucking community.
everybody believes the governor has the authority to simply change
speed limits and implement lane restrictions on a whim, especially
since the Legislature rejected that idea earlier this year,” said
Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent
Drivers Association. “While the governor may see a benefit in reduced
speed limits, it’s ludicrous to simply lower the speed limit for
trucks and create a split speed limit. That won’t resolve the problem.”
is urging Louisiana truckdrivers to call their legislators and ask
those lawmakers to talk some sense into the governor.
lawmakers can be held accountable for what their governor does,”
Spencer added. “Lawmakers should be bold in speaking out against
the governor’s knee-jerk reaction.”
governor’s lane and speed restrictions were scheduled to take effect