measures before an Iowa Senate panel would change speed limits in the state.
bill introduced by state Sen. Steve Kettering, R-Lake View, would push the
speed limit for all vehicles on the state’s four-lane expressways from 65 mph
to 70 mph and from 55 mph to 60 mph on all other primary highways. Under
SF2033, cities would maintain the authorization to set lower limits.
Sen. Maggie Tinsman, on the other hand, has introduced a measure that targets
truck speeds. SF2035 would lower the maximum allowable expressway speed from 65
mph to 55 mph for vehicles with a gross weight exceeding 10,000 pounds.
seems very dangerous on the interstate anymore,” Tinsman, R-Bettendorf, told The
Quad-City Times. “It’s almost bumper-to-bumper … and the trucks are just
whizzing by you and way, way over the speed limit.”
R-Lake View, says drivers already travel faster than 65 and 55. He argues that
law should catch up with that reality.
have the equipment. We have the roads,” he told the newspaper.
Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Association, said Tinsman’s bill requiring trucks to drive at speeds 10 mph
slower than other vehicles does not promote safety on the highways. OOIDA is
seeking the aid of professional truck drivers to influence lawmakers to endorse
legislation maintaining uniform speeds.
does exactly the opposite by requiring that vehicles are constantly in conflict
with each other. Lane changes and passing are constantly required to avoid
crashes,” Spencer said.
some may suggest that having slower speed limits for trucks can somehow promote
safety, there is much research to suggest otherwise. Forty states currently
have uniform speed limits for all vehicles using their highways.
having one speed limit that all vehicles comply with you minimize the need for
passing, lane changes, tailgating and other maneuvers that create opportunities
for drivers to make mistakes. This isn’t physics or rocket science. It’s simple
common sense that highway engineers have known and followed for decades.”
who also opposes Tinsman’s bill, shared Spencer’s sentiment regarding uniform
think we need to keep the cars and trucks moving at the same speed,” Kettering
told The Times.
bills have been forwarded to the Senate Transportation Committee.
--by Keith Goble, state legislative editor
Keith Goble can be reached at email@example.com.