Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, missed the vote on introducing the higher truck speed limit bill in committee yesterday because she’d been called by leadership into a meeting on budget issues. “And I missed Health and Welfare because we were meeting on school facilities,” said a somewhat frustrated Keough. Things are getting hot and heavy in the Legislature – with many major issues shaping up all at the same time, from property tax reform to school construction to the state budget to the governor’s initiatives.
Keough said she knew about the truck speed bill, and is tentatively supportive at this point. “On the freeways, I don’t think any of us like speeding trucks because they’re so big and we’re so small,” she said. But, she said, “I travel a lot. Sometimes I think the bifurcated speed system causes … safety issues at times.” If all drivers, both truckers and regular motorists, were responsible, it wouldn’t be much of an issue, she said. “If we were all great drivers, it wouldn’t be a problem – but we’re not.” She added, “I think it makes sense to look at the issue.”