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Lower Speed Limits for Truck Drivers

January 25, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Truckers would move slower on Missouri's highways if a new Senate bill survives this year's legislative session.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the State Capitol.

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A new Senate bill would lower the speed limit for truck drivers in Missouri.

Truckers could only go 65 miles per hour on rural highways and 55 miles per hour in urban areas like St. Louis.

The Vice President of Missouri's AAA chapter Michael Right says AAA supports the bill because trucks need special speeding laws.

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OutCue: "WITH THEIR OPPERATIONS."
Contents: RIGHT SAYS HEAVY TRUCKS TAKE LONGER TO STOP AND SHOULD GO SLOWER AS A RESULT.

Lobbyist George Burruss opposed the bill for the trucking industry and said speed limits should be lowered for all drivers.

This is Laetitia Thompson in Jefferson City.


Speeding truck drivers could face increased penalties in Missouri if a new Senate bill passes this year.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Senator Wayne Goode proposed a new bill lowering the speed limit by five miles per hour for truck drivers.

Goode drew on his own experience as a truck driver when he explained his bill to a Senate committe.

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OutCue: "IT DOES CARS."
Contents: GOODE SAYS HE WAS A TRUCK DRIVER AND KNOWS IT TAKES LONGER FOR TRUCKS TO STOP.

Goode also tacked on a provision increasing truck driver's speeding fines 50 dollars for every mile past the new limit.

Lobbyist George Burruss opposed the bill on behalf of the trucking industry asking the speed limit to be lowered for everyone.

This is Laetitia Thompson at the State Capitol.


Driving a truck through Missouri might become a slower business if a new Senate bill succeeds this year's legislative session.

Laetitia Thompson from the state capitol has the story.

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The bill would lower the speed limit for truck drivers in Missouri by five miles per hour.

St. Louis county Senator Wayne Goode says he introduced the bill to slow everyone down.

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OutCue: "TEN MILES AN HOUR."
Contents: GOODE SAYS DRIVER'S SPEED UP TO PASS FAST TRUCKS BRINGING EVERYONE'S SPEED UP BY FIVE TO TEN MPH.

Lobbyist George Burris opposed the bill on behalf of the trucking industry.

This is Laetitia Thompson reporting from Jefferson City.