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Truck Drivers Protest 55 mph Speed Limit

April 28, 1988

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Truckers are continuing to protest the special 55 mph speed limit on Indiana interstates for trucks over 13 tons, state police said today.

Trucks are creeping along Interstate 70 in convoys from the Ohio line to the Illinois border, troopers said. Three westbound convoys involving at least 120 trucks passed through the Indianapolis area about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

A Pennyslvania man was arrested during a 67-truck convoy Tuesday night following a scuffle with a trooper.

No disturbances were reported Wednesday night, a dispatcher at the Indianapolis post said. Other dispatchers said some trucks were using both lanes and blocking traffic. The convoys at times were moving below the state’s minimum speed limit of 40 mph.

A new state law that went into effect April 1 covers only heavier trucks. Autos and light trucks may drive 65 mph on rural interstates.

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