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Government, Business

On the Roads Less Traveled, Speeds Are Up

A wet highway in Kansas Rain on a Kansas highway by peeterv/Getty Images

With emptier roads during the coronavirus pandemic tempting some drivers to pick up the pace, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a fresh look at the motivations that compel drivers to speed.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 12, 2020
Government, Safety

Car Drivers Get 92% of Speeding Citations During CVSA Safety Initiative

Trucked pulled over on US-52 at Plato in St. Paul, Minn. A trucked gets pulled over on U.S. Route 52 in St. Paul, Minn., in 2015. Commercial motor vehicles drivers were issued about 8% of all speeding citations during 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week. (Ruin Raider/Flickr)

Law enforcement officers issued more than 17,000 speeding citations to drivers of cars and trucks traveling on highways in the United States and Canada during Operation Safe Driver Week.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 17, 2019
Government, Safety

Pair of Senators Introduce Speed-Limiter Legislation for Heavy Trucks

Speed limit 65 mph sign The bill, introduced June 27, would require all new commercial trucks weighing 26,001 pounds or more to have devices that would limit their speed to 65 miles per hour. (EuToch/Getty Images)

A bipartisan bill that aims to require speed limiters on heavy trucks has been introduced in the Senate, the latest attempt by lawmakers to revive an issue that for years has been circulating on Capitol Hill.

Lianna Norman | Special to Transport Topics
July 2, 2019

Speed Limit Increases Responsible for Thousands of Extra Roadway Fatalities, Study Finds

Workers install 80 mph speed limit sign in Nevada Nevada DOT workers install new speed limit signs on I-80 in 2017. (nevadadot via YouTube)

A new study of maximum speed limit increases on U.S. roadways from 1993-2017 has concluded that more than 36,000 lives could have been spared if states had not increased their maximum speed limits over the 25-year period.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Nebraska Senate Moves to Hike Speed Limit

Nebraska Road Doug Kerr/Flickr

The Nebraska State Legislature has given its first approval to legislation that will increase the speed limit on state highways and expressways by 5 miles per hour.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 27, 2018
Government, Business

Pennsylvania Set to Raise Speed Limit to 70 MPH on Bulk of Turnpike


In the wake of a trio of 20-month-old pilot programs during which the speed limit has been raised from 65 to 70 miles per hour on more than 200 miles of major highways in the state, Pennsylvania will unveil a permanent rise to 70 mph on 496 miles of its 552-mile turnpike (90%) in May.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2016

Illinois Governor’s Veto Triggers Debate On Different Speed Limits for Trucks, Cars

A controversy over truck speed in Illinois has reignited debate over whether large differentials in truck and car maximum speed limits cause an increase in the number of crashes.

August 25, 2014

Illinois Increases Speed Limit to 70 MPH

Most freeways in Illinois have a new maximum speed limit of 70 mph as of Jan. 1, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports.

January 2, 2014

ATA Opposes Texas’ Decision to Allow 85 MPH Speed Limit

American Trucking Associations has urged Texas to reverse its decision set a speed limit of 85 miles an hour — the fastest in the nation — for cars and trucks on a soon-to-open portion of a toll road between Austin and San Antonio.

September 17, 2012

Illinois Truck Speed Limit Rises to 65 mph

Illinois’ law allowing truckers in most parts of the state a 65-mph speed limit took effect Sunday.

January 3, 2012