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Should Speed Limiting Technology Be Installed in Big Rigs?

A proposed rule would mandate the installation of speed limiting devices in large trucks, buses and school buses weighing more than 26,000 pounds.

by Alfonso A. Castillo, Newsday / October 7, 2016

(TNS) — Sen. Chuck Schumer on Thursday urged federal transportation officials to require the use of technology that would force big rig trucks to slow down.

At a news conference alongside the Long Island Expressway in Roslyn Heights, Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to enact a proposed rule that would mandate the installation of speed limiting devices in large trucks, buses and school buses weighing more than 26,000 pounds.

Schumer said the technology exists and is already in place in many large vehicles. Forcing them to adhere to speed limits could save hundreds of lives a year in preventable high-speed truck accidents, Schumer said.

“Capping speed in a safe and reasonable way will make this expressway and everyday driving safer,” Schumer said. “We have to push the feds to accelerate its adoption.”

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