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Does Limiting Speed Improve Truck Safety?

Posted on January 15, 2021

The use of speed limiters in commercial trucks in the United States may help improve safety, but the technology is not a complete solution, according to a new article in Canyon News.

Speed limiters are devices that prevent trucks from traveling faster than 65 miles per hour. They have been used in Canada since 2008 but have only more recently been fitted to commercial trucks in the states. According to the article, speed limiters in Canada caused “a reduction in commercial truck accidents of 24% between 2009 and 2010.” Legislation to support the use of speed limiters passed here in 2019, and as a result many late model commercial trucks in the U.S. now have the built-in technology.

The idea behind speed limiters is to slow down a truck and therefore reduce its crash force. As commercial trucks can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds - more than 20 times the average car - the impact of such weight at a high speed is devastating. At a lower speed, the crash force would be less. However, according to the report, truckers argue that the devices prevent them from speeding beyond 65 mph when needed to take evasive action for sudden motorist movement. Critics also cite factors other than speed that can contribute to commercial truck accidents, such as insufficient training, substance abuse, long hours and poorly maintained trucks.

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