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New State Law Allows Trucks To Go Same Speed As Cars Everywhere

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A Greater Chicago Food Depository truck is loaded. (CBS)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — As of Jan. 1, large trucks will be allowed to go the same speed as all other vehicles in all parts of the state – not just some parts.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Alex Degman reports, state Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the original measure to allow trucks to drive 65 mph on rural interstate highways two years ago.

But he forgot to include four-lane-or-more divided highways without an interstate designation. Sullivan says this measure had no problem passing, unlike its predecessor.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Alex Degman reports

“There was more support for that than there was on the original legislation,” he says. “I think what that says is that my colleagues, I think, saw the effect that the uniform speed limit has. This measure passed with huge bipartisan support in both chambers.”

Large trucks, and all other vehicles for that matter, must still travel no faster than 55 mph on interstate highways in Cook County surrounding counties.

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