Should speed limits be lowered for big rigs? Officials want your thoughts

Semi-truck slams into 290 overpass at Berkman Drive (KXAN Photo/ Gigi Barnett)
Semi-truck slams into 290 overpass at Berkman Drive (KXAN Photo/ Gigi Barnett)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Monday is your last chance to voice your opinion on reducing the mandatory speed limits for big rigs.

The Department of Transportation says it could be dropped to somewhere between 60 and 68 miles per hour on highways. If passed, the proposal would only impact trucks over 26,000 pounds.

While there are proposed reduced speeds, the exact number is still being debated. A federal study says lowering semi-truck speeds to 68 miles per hour would save between 27 and 96 lives every year.

The study says the number of lives saved increases as the speed limit goes down. The same study finds any losses for companies, like increased delivery times, would be countered by fuel savings.

A report released in 2015 suggests higher speed limits may cause more wrecks and tire blowouts with big rigs. The report specifically referenced State Highway 130 in Central Texas, where the speed limit is 85 mph.

Voice your opinion on the speed limit reductions here and leave your opinions in the comments below.

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