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Mississippians call for crackdown on reckless 18 wheeler drivers

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some folks in the Magnolia State want lawmakers to impose more restrictions on 18 wheeler drivers who they share the roadway with daily.

This comes after several fiery and deadly crashes involving big rigs including one yesterday in Copiah County.

“I am afraid of 18 wheelers at times,”  said driver Yolanda Singleton.

Singleton said her fear increased after witnessing a crash in Byram last month where two 18 wheelers and several cars went up in flames. Three people died and several others were injured.

“I know we can't compete with an 18 wheeler,” added Singleton.

There was also a deadly crash Wednesday in Copiah County where a large truck rammed into a vehicle. One near Clinton earlier this year, 18 wheelers rear ended vehicles that had stopped or slowed down due to construction or an accident on the highway.

Singleton said big rigs should not have the same speed limit laws as a regular car.

“That large cargo requires extra space and extra time to stop, so higher rates of speed should be considered hazardous because they can't stop in the same amount of time as a car,” said Singleton.

While some states have speed limit restrictions for 18 wheelers on the highways, Mississippi does not. Republican Representative Andy Gipson points out that less than 10 percent of all fatal accidents in U.S. involve 18-wheelers.

“Only about eight percent of total crashes in the country and the statistics come from the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration," said Gipson. "I think the issue boils down to personal responsibility. When we drive we take our lives into our own hands and the lives of those around us, so we need to be cognizant, we need to respect the big rigs, they need to be respectful.”

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