effort to slow large trucks down on most highways in Georgia has died.
proposal, sponsored by Sen. David Adelman, D-Atlanta, sought to restrict big
rigs to 55 mph on all highways. Under current state law, all vehicles are
permitted to travel 70 mph on rural interstates, 65 mph outside urban areas and
55 mph within urban areas, such as Atlanta.
had been forwarded to the Senate Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee
earlier this year but failed to pass out of the committee before the session
ended last week, effectively killing the bill for the year.
to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia resident Steve Owings
persuaded Adelman to introduce the bill after a Dec. 1, 2002, crash with a semi
that killed his son.
Owings’ vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer as the vehicles approached
slowed interstate traffic, the newspaper reported. Two months later, Callum’s
parents, Steve and Susan Owings, were driving in a snowstorm and were startled
that trucks would be passing them on the interstate.
was an instance of ‘Can you believe this? Something has to be done,’” Steve
resolution that called for assembling a study commission to examine the
split-speed bill and see whether there were any possible compromises – such as
designated times when tractor-trailers have to slow down or special lanes where
trucks can drive the same speed as other vehicles – has also died.
bill, SR669, also introduced by Adelman, passed the Senate but failed to gain
final approval from the House before lawmakers adjourned.