Last week Senators Johnny Isakson and Chris Coons introduced the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019, S. 2023. That they say will save lives and improve highway safety. The legislation is named after Cullum Owings, who was killed while returning to school by a semi truck driving too fast to stop. This law is to revive speed limiters for a nationwide cap of 65 mph. If the bill passes it would require DOT to enforce the mandate.
According to a news release from Senator Isakson’s office, the bill will, “require all new commercial trucks with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more to be equipped with speed-limiting devices, which must be set to a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour and be used at all times while in operation.” However, trucks without speed limiters will not be forced to install the technology and trucks with the existing technology must be in compliance.
During the proposal of the regulation, the Department of Transportation stated that by limiting truck speeds to 65 mph would save 63-214 lives a year. The legislation would also require the U.S Department of Transportation, given a time frame of six months, to establish standards and rules to ensure that the speed-limiting technology on the required trucks is accurate and effective.