Large trucks traveling through Oklahoma can continue to
drive at the same speed as all other vehicles. A bill in the state's House of
Representatives has died that sought to reduce truck speeds in certain areas of
the state by 15 mph.
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, the
bill remained in the House Rules Committee at the deadline for measures to
advance from committee, effectively killing it for the year.
The bill - HB2132 - called for trucks to be slowed from 70
mph to 55 mph while driving on the state's interstate highways through urban
areas. All other vehicles would have been allowed to continue to travel at the
current speed limit.
Morrissette said the change is needed because trucks cause
problems by driving too fast.
"I think (trucks) cause accidents because they just zoom
right through I-35 and I-40," Morrissette told The Oklahoman.
Opponents said requiring trucks to drive at speeds slower
than other vehicles does not promote safety on the highways. In fact, they said
it does exactly the opposite by requiring that vehicles are constantly in
conflict with each other.