Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Persistence pays off for OOIDA in Ohio

Early this month Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law a bill that includes a provision to eliminate split speed limits on interstates. It was a major breakthrough for OOIDA and truckers who have been working for years to get the rule changed.

Today, society expects results to be swift, if not instant.

Having results yesterday are what we want. It seems that farmers are the only ones who are patient enough to wait for the fruits of their labor. It appears nobody has the stamina to see things through, or to complete a worthwhile task or objective.

But persistence can and does indeed pay off – and pay off in a big way.

This spring brought winds of change to Ohio. The result was the elimination of a 10 mph speed differential between cars and trucks on interstates.

The breakthrough in policy in Ohio is more than just welcome news to truckers; it is a sweet triumph for OOIDA and its members.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer summed it up like this: “It feels great to add Ohio to the list of states that have eliminated split speeds, thanks to a long campaign by OOIDA to inform and reform bad safety policy. The only speed limit policy that makes sense is to have all vehicles traveling at the same speed. It is a welcome change in Ohio that is long overdue.”

The achievement should prove that no task is insurmountable. It just takes persistence, determination and will – that and the guts to stand up for what you know is right.

Now the spotlight is turned to Illinois where lawmakers are once again pressing for passage of legislation that would authorize uniform speeds on rural, interstates highways.

As was the case in Ohio with the perennial roadblocks to passage, OOIDA and its Illinois members are continuing to communicate with legislators about the importance of staying the course and not backing away from the challenge of doing what is best for safety on the state’s roadways.

That desire to see things through for however long it takes might discourage most, but for those with the strongest wills, the difficulty of the task measures the greatness of the victory.