INDIANAPOLIS – Effective July 1, there have been two changes to Indiana’s Move Over Law. Motorists must reduce their vehicle’s speed 10 mph under the posted speed limit if they cannot move to an adjacent lane safely. Secondly, the updated law now includes utility service vehicles.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today lauded Delaware Gov. Jack Markell for signing a tough new anti-distraction law that bans drivers in the state from using hand-held cell phones while driving and sets strict penalties for texting behind the wheel. Delaware is the 30th state to ban texting while driving, DOT announced.
The Scrappage and Retrofits for Air in Puget Sound (ScRAPS) program July 1 scrapped its 200th “dirty” truck. ScRAPS started last November with the goal of taking at least 250 container-hauling, or “drayage,” trucks with pre-1994 engines off the road. Through the program, truckers receive $5,000 or the blue book value of their truck — whichever is greater — in return for scrapping their old truck.
CHICAGO – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today signed three bills into law to improve driver safety in Illinois. The new laws increase penalties for drivers who break the speed limit by more than 30 mph on Illinois’ roads and highways, and also prohibit court supervision for those who drive in excess of 40 mph over the posted speed limit. In addition, the laws strengthen seat belt safety and allow decreased speed limits in low-density residential areas.
A bill that allows truck weights in Florida to increase from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds went into effect July 1 and advocates and critics were quick to respond.