CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit for large trucks on major highways in Illinois outside the six-county Chicago area to 65 mph.
Under the bill signed into law Friday, the increase applies to trucks carrying a gross weight of 8,001 pounds or more on interstates and other highways with at least four lanes and dividing medians. Within Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, however, the speed limit for such trucks will be 55 mph.
The speed limit for trucks carrying a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less will also be 65 mph, which also applies on the Illinois State Tollway system outside urban areas.
I got a speeding ticket in IL for going 58 mph about 8 years ago, thanks to those split speed limits. Do you think it's too late to fight it?
The very first ticket I ever got in a commercial vehicle was on I-55, a little south of Boomington... 60 mph. Second one was on I-57 near Mt Vernon. 59 mph. Since then, I've been staying west of the Mississippi from MN down to AR and cross into TN. I've tended to avoid IL like the PLAGUE. But, I would suggest that you do not go 66 mph in IL or you'll get an award for your driving. At least not for a couple of years. In most states, when a speed limit is changed or a new road is opened up, they tend to inforce it more strictly.
Destroy the cities...
and they will rebuild them.
Destroy the farms...
and grass will grow in the streets of the cities.
Destroy the economy of the blue-collar worker...
and grass will grow in the executive offices.
The bill has come due. ( R E T I R E D , and glad of it)
Some of the Chicago Newscasters are saying that it will be Blood on the Hihgways starting Jan 1 when this goes into effect. However how many companies out there have trucks that run FASTER than 65. Not to many I know of out there.
And, at some point, when a 4-wheeler rear-ends a truck, both parties need to take the state into court and make the state liable because of the split-speed laws.issedoff:
But isn't it ironic that we complain about safety of the split speed limits and use the 4-wheeler going to rear end us as an excuse but then we drive 60 - 65 in a 75 MPH zone to conserve fuel and that is safe! Sometimes you just gotta shake your head and say HUH???
REMEMBER, guns don't kill! It's the jealous husband that comes home early!