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New law would forcibly limit the speed of large vehicles on highways

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How fast should big rigs be allowed to travel on the highway? A new federal law would create stricter speed limits on large vehicles.

Millions of trucks and buses carry precious cargo on roads across the nation every day, sharing the road with millions more cars and other vehicles moving at 70 mph.

A new federal law, though, would put stricter speed limits on those large vehicles by installing a device that would pre-set a maximum speed.

If the government has its way, trucks and buses could be limited to speeds as low as 60 mph. It’s a game changer for those who work behind the wheel.

“[Sixty miles per hour], that’s a little bit slow. It’s holding up traffic. It’s 10-miles different from the car speed limit on the Interstate going 70. If trucks can only do 60 that’s too slow,” one truck driver said.

Some drivers feel that forcing trucks to slow down too much will do more harm than good, disrupting traffic flow as cars dodge slow moving trucks and buses.

“I think truck driving is mostly safe,” said one driver. “I think a lot of the problems stem from automobile drivers who don't respect truckers and the way that they use the road."

Another truck driver said the speed limit has been changed numerous times throughout his career and says no matter how slow trucks go, it never seems to be good enough.

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