With injuries and deaths on Louisiana roads continuing to happen everyday, the state has proposed a bill that they believe could increase the safety of people traveling in passenger vehicles. Semi trucks, commercial trucks and 18-wheelers are already subject to lots of laws and regulations that ensure they and those around them are safe. However, these rules and laws have failed to eliminate motor-vehicle injuries and deaths when they are involved in truck accidents. One proposed bill would require Louisiana truck drivers to slow down.
One of Louisiana's state representatives recently filed a bill that would require 18-wheelers to drive 10 miles under the posted speed limit on State highways. He explained that in Baton Rouge specifically, there seem to be a lot of accidents involving large trucks that cause delays and injuries or even death to others. For example, a nasty accident occurred in which a semi-truck rear-ended a dump truck resulted in the death of a woman and caused a man to be badly burned. The state representative thinks slowing down truck drivers could prevent incidences like these from occurring.
Truck accidents are particularly harmful to passenger vehicle drivers. Since rigs are so much larger and weigh much more, vehicles that come into contact with them are often at a huge disadvantage. Slowing them down could potentially prevent truck accidents from happening. 10 MPH slower than the traffic around them is significant and could give the trucks more time to stop.
The bill is still in progress at the state capital, but it isn't yet known how much support it will receive. It will still have to pass through state legislation in order to be enacted. There are proponents on the other side who believe that slowing trucks down is a bad idea. Both sides will present their case prior to the passing or denial of the bill.
Source: wwltv.com, "Bill would make large trucks slow down," Wynton Yates, April 19, 2017