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Road Safe America Says DOT Secretary Should Reconsider Her Opposition to Speed Governor Activation on Big Trucks

September 03, 2008

ATLANTA – Inorder to save lives on America’shighways and get in step with the rest of the world, the head of the U.S.Department of Transportation should reconsider her opposition to activation ofspeed governing devices at 68 mph on tractor trailer trucks, Road Safe America hassaid, according to

MaryPeters, DOT Secretary, was quoted in a trucking publication this month assaying she opposes speed governors on big trucks because the speed differentialbetween the trucks and passenger vehicles would be dangerous.

Road SafeAmerica has a petition pending before the U.S. Department of Transportation tohave speed governor activation required on all Class 7 and 8 trucks (over 13tons in weight) at 68 mph or slower. The non-profit is being supported in theinitiative by national safety advocacy organizations, the American TruckingAssociations, trucking companies, private citizens, and business executives.

Already,speed-limiting governors are required to be set well below 68 mph on heavytrucks in the European Union, Japan,Australia, and the Canadianprovinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Road SafeAmerica was founded by Steve and Susan Owings after their son, Cullum, waskilled in 2002 when his car — stopped in an interstate traffic jam — wascrushed from behind by a speeding tractor trailer truck on cruise control.

Speed-limitingdevices have been standard equipment on tractor trucks in the U.S. since the early 1990s, andmany companies and independent truckers use them, but there is no nationalrequirement for all trucks to activate their speed governors.

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