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Proposed bill would require oversized vehicles to slow down on state highways

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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

In an attempt to reduce interstate accidents statewide, you may soon find yourself stuck behind slow-moving buses and trucks while driving in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge lawmaker Steve Carter filed a bill that would require oversized vehicles, such as trucks and school buses, to travel at least 10 miles below the speed limit on state highways.

Carter believes his proposal would reduce traffic accidents and fatalities and is currently compiling statistics to prove it. LSU published a study showing a drop in the number of accidents on a stretch of I-10, when speeds for trucks were dropped. However, the study also shows other factors aided in the drop - such as pavement improvements.

A Lake Charles truck driver agrees with the proposed bill and said it's harder to stop with larger, heavier vehicles.

"It honestly is not going to affect me; I would rather drive safer anyway. I'm still going to get my job done, regardless," said Justin Lewis.

Only about six states in the country have laws similar to Carter's proposed bill and some opponents believe slowing down trucks and buses actually causes more problems on roadways. 

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