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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - January 30, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois ATION Murphysboro N 1113 Walnut N 14th Carbons Mi 0 MurpMWr WEDNESDAY JANUARY 301974 I I m 82No 25lOc a Copy 4 Section J I I Leaisloture passes 55 mph speed tends to creep up on an ex making it a m for Illinois e I1 N i II III pill t Ilk I I itihiii I IIT Now By William C Wertz Associated Press Writer Springfield AP The speed limit in Illinois will soon be reduced to 55 miles per hour and state Police Supt Dwight Pitman says motorists will have to adjust their driving habits The speed limit change ap proved by the General Assembly Tuesday goes into effect Feb 25 after state Transportation Department crews have bolted new signs into place over the old ones Pitman an 18year veteran on the force said in an interview he expects most drivers to observe the 55 mph limit pressed upon all states by the federal government in an at tempt to conserve fuel But he said the new speed limit would require adjustments on the part of drivers Its happened to you its happened to me your speed tends to creep up on an ex pressway he said The change means drivers of automobiles will no longer be allowed to drive 70 mph on interstate and other fourlane highways and 65 mph on most other twolane roads Current truck speed limits 55 mph on fourlane highways and 50 mph on twolane roads were unchanged by the new legislation The legislation did however include a controverial provision making it a moving violation lo exceed the new speed limit In sometimes heated discus sion members of both houses argued that this provision was too harsh and would touch off a flood of drivers license suspensions Under current motor vehicle regulations three moving violations within a 12month period is grounds for license suspension It took the legislature just one day to lower the speed limit The normal weeklong legislative process was ac celerated by introducing the change in the form of an amendment to a bill which was near final passage Although there was much talk about federal blackmail there was no serious opposition to the change Illinois faced the loss of some million in federal highway aid if it did not go along with the reduction before the March 4 deadline i SPEED LIMIT Feb 25 Police getting ready for change The 55 mile per hour speed limit which may soon go into effect in Illinois has brought mixed reactions from both law enforcement officials and the public Jackson County authorities aniticpate minimal problems in handling cases under the new speed limit but do expect more speeding tickets to be written Sheriff John Hoffman said his officers will write tickets whichever way the new law sets out States Atty Howard Hood said his office will prosecute tickets in whatever manner they are written State police districts through cut the state have been getting ready for the changeover for several weeks anticipating the new law The Springfield state police office said today general in structions will say to use the existing Illinois uniform traffic ticket for violations under the new law which is to become effective at am on Feb 25 if signed by the governor The Springfield office said tickets will be classed as mov ing violations and recordable offenses under the bill as writ The lower speed will cause many truckers to slow down deliveries during the day and that will cost them money he said It could cause the truckers to use more fuel because at the lower speed they will not be able to shift into higher fuel saving gears David Lee a driving instruc tor at Carbonclale Community High School for the past eight years says he has always em phasized slowing down and considers many area roads in adequate for high speed motor ing ten All convictions will be record ed by the clerk of the circuit court and relayed to state of fices Three convictions in any 12month period could result in loss of a drivers license The new law makes it clear that speeding is speeding re gardless of what the limit may be the Springfield office said He said drivers do not allow themselve enough time when they drive to a particular des tination He said he thinks mo torists now will give themselves the extra time needed The slower speed certainly will cut down the accident rate he said Lee said most area roads are not designed for travel at 65 mph I will stress the fuel econ omy and safety gains in my teaching he said If the 55 mph speed limit goes into effect in Illinois Mrs John Ferrell of Marion will be able to drive five miles an hour faster Since President Richard Nixon asked citizens to drive at 50 mph that is just what Mrs Ferrell has done And so have many other area residents Mrs Ferrell has no ticed Mrs Ferrell says she doesnt mind the slower speed limit and it has its advantages JC UK VUIIE Franklin County Sheriff Bar I can look around a lot more ney Browning said I think wei since I dont drive so fast will set to see some of this Rose Marie Nowacki of 50 beautiful country we never saw Crescent Drive Murphysborp before going at 70 mph Browning said he thinks there be an increase in speeding violations and license suspen sions until drivers adjust to the 55 mph limit I think its going to be good He noted that the accident rate has already decreased by somedrivers slowing down vol County Sheriff Russell Oxford said Its a good thing but its going to be tougher on me for I do have a heavy untarily Williamson said the cut in speed is good and feels it will reduce acci dents and help save on energy William Boor 44 of 104 N Parrish Lane Carbondale says he thinks the new regulation is fine for preserving fuel But he does not like the pro vision allowing a moving viola tion penalty if convicted for speeding in excess of 55 mph I think there will be times when people will have to go faster he said A business man might have to drive at Trucking fuel plan set up AP today The mandatory allotment will be 110 per cent of 1972 con blems in the trucking industry j and to head off any possible widening of the current protest by Midwestern truck operators Special presidential assistant W J Usery Jr said the plan will allow truck operators to pass through to trucking com panies any difference they must pay in the cost of diesel fuel from what they paid on May 15 1973 The plan also provides for a new mandatory allocation pro gram that will guarantee delivery of the fuel needed by the trucking industry Usery said of the proposal will be a tripling in the number of price monitors who will check truck stops and fuel outlets for price gouging The proposal for passthrough of fuel costs apparently will mean higher prices for American consumers Usery had no estimate as to how much of an increase could be expec ted He said trucking firms could make up their additional ex pense because of the passthrough by asking the Interstate Commerce Com mission for new rate in creases Usery said theSteel Haulers Association has filed for a four per cent fuel surcharge in addi tion to a six per cent general rate increase recently gran ted The presidential assistant ex pressed hope the measures would satisfy trucker who have been upset over the rising cost of fuel and the problems in get ting a full tank from a truck stop The passthrough provision will not be effective for at least 30 days Usery said However he said be hoped trucking firms would start immediately to absorb the cost as provided for under the proposed rule Usery said the ICC could not put the passthrough provision into effect without first holding a period of public comments Oil profits debate kills emergency energy bill Washington AP Controversy over oil industry profits appears to have killed the emergency energy bill that Congress wrestled with for two months The Senate voted Tuesday to eend the measure back to con ference with the House in an ef Paul Gunn Cobdcn works on new speed limit lerence wiui uic fort to remove an excess profits measures But both House and Senate leaders of the conference in dicated there was little chance the conferees would reconsider the bill The White House has said it needs the legislation before it can order gasoline ra tioning and other mandatory energy conservation foot J65 mph to make an appoint It will help traffic conditions I ment a speed he feels is not end reduce deaths and property detrimental to the safety of oth damage in wrecks considerably er drivers Area workers may begin j changing signs on Thursday j The move to recommit had Photo by Terry Mauzy received the endorsement of President Nixon who wrote Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott that it would be most unfortunate if Congress proved the energy bill in present form ap its source in the aneigy Office said gasoline ra tioning is a strong likelihood this if AialVnil PlYlhsrCO o summer if the Araboil embargo continues Sen Gaylord Nelson DWis sponsor of the motion to recom mit argued that most of the bills noncontroversial pro visions including could be attached rationing to other measures Other provisions such as me creation of a Federal Energy Administration are the subject of separate bills that Congress is expected to pass shortly Nelson said And both the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees already have scheduled hearings on an excess profits tax Nelson said The excess profits provision take effect next year and allow consumers to demand TUtroactive refunds on fuel prices that had resulted in windfall profits The bill also would have given the President immediate authority to control fuel prices to avoid any excess profits and it will make a big differ ence in gas mileage Marion Police Chief L B Hunter said I think its a good thing It wont cut down acci dents in the city but it will overall I think a lot of people may be 75 per cent have been com plying with the Presidents re quest to cut down on speed Ive been driving that way my self and for instance going to Carbondale very few pass me Herrin Police Chief William Humphrey said If this is the answer to the thing energy crisis then Im for it The 55 mph limit may hurt truckers he said Humphrey was a Teamsters union busi ness agent for 18 years I think a monetary fine slows people down and is an ade quate determent James W 29 and Sally Jones 28 of Rt 1 West Frankfort do not like the proposed law The only good thing he sees in the law is that the 55 mph might redcue accidents Jones lid But I dont really think it will save much gas said Mrs Jones said I dont think they will be able to en force it They may enforce it but its not fair to bus companies and truckers and people who have to travel long distances to make their living I dont think it will save that much gasoline Work will probably begin Thursday morning to put about 500 speed limit signs in Southern Illinois Highway District 9 in compliance with Illinois new 55 miles per hour maximum speed limit accord ing to Alex Zedialis traffic engineer He said he planned to check today withthe Illinois State Police to find out if they had any objections to the plan If not the work would begin in the morning Target date for completion of the switchover project is Feb 25 he said Zedialis explained that three methods depending on the condition of the current speed limit sign would be used to accomplish the change Speed limit change affects 500 signs Highway signs he said have a life expectancy of about five to six years About 20 per cent of the speed limit signs in the district now need and will simply be replaced with 55 mph signs Other older signs will be evaluated at the district of fice to determine whether they are in good enough shape to last several more years he said if so the speed limit notation will be changed to L 55 mph In a few locations where new signs have recently been installed and are still in good condition workers will plate over the old speed limit in the field Zedialis said Area legislators vote for limit All area legislators in both houses voted for the speed lim it bill except Rep Richard 0 Hart DBenton who was ab sent Hart was in court in Ben ton in connection with a law suit Senate balks o n lottery funds By Larry Kramp Springfield AP Gov Daniel Walkers revenue director says Illinois Senate refusal to finance the new state lottery now is delaying its start until October and causing a million to million revenue loss Director Robert Allphin criti cized the Republican majority for its vote Tuesday to send the lottery financing bill to the Ap propriations Committee for review in April A few petty politicians hope to stall the lottery to hurt the governor Allphin said in a statement after Republicans shouted down minority Democrats during a oneday session Sen Edward Scholl R Chicago sponsor of the lottery bill last year called for the April hearings to see whethei all of Allphins request for was needed to get the lottery into operation as scheduled on July 1 Allphin criticized Scholl for professing support of the lottery but acting against its immediate financing Minority Leader Cecil A partee DChicago said some legislators were disgruntled because Walker didnot sign the lottery bill in Scholls district and did not invite him as spon sor to take part in the signing ceremony The lottery was passed with the expectation it would raise about million a year Half of this was to go into the state general revenue fund to replace a proposed million state grant to the planned Regional Transit Authority for the Chicago area Partee said voters in the March 19 referendum on tin mass transit system would be discouraged because the state had not begun to fulfill its part of the bargain with lottery revenues The RTA would be effective July 1 Partee said and were delaying the time we actually will receive the lottery money Sen Stanley Waver R Urbana an assistant majority leader said lottery operation could be studied by the com mittee in early April Theres no reason it couldnt be implemented possibly by July l he said Nixon to reject order to testify in California i A wllPr Washington AP President Nixon will reject a Pffr California state court order that grounds he testify in person at the trial Warren of former aides indicted for the would heed that advice breakin at the office of Daniel Ellsbergs psychiatrist the White House said today Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L Warren said White House attorneys will recom mend to the President that he respectfully decline to apficers when Hie breakin oc ear on constitutionalJ 1fm Warren made clear that Nixon ould heed that advice But Warrenleft open the possibility that Nixon might respond to written questions If other requests are put to the White House they will be dealt withas they arise he said in answer to a newsmans question Fair and warmer tonight low in lower or middle 40s mostly sunny and mild Thurs day with high 57 to 65 Warm Friday through Sunday Cloudy Friday and Saturday chance of rain late Saturday or Sat urday night INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather map curred in 1971 Ehrlichman is charged wiffl burglary conspiracy and per jury in connection with me breakin David Young and G Gordon Liddy both former White House aides are charged with burglary and conspiracy in the case Superior Court Judge Gordon Ringer of Los Angeles Tuesday John D Ehrlichman and two I said he will approve a other former White House aides certificate demanding Presi are seeking Nixons testimony toj dent Richard M Nixon to testify support their contention thatFeb 25 1974 and April 15 they were acting as federal of11974 Nixon to address nation at 8 tonight 2325 27 4 67 2526 By Frank Cormier Washington AP President Nixon addresses Congress and the natior tonight on the State of the Union and quite possibly on the Watergate crisis White House officials would not say flatly in advance of Nixons 8 pm CDT appearance at a joint session of Congress whether Watergaterelated matters would be touched 26 upon However Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L Warren said Tuesday Nixon would discuss all issues important to tlie American people And deoarting aide Melvin R Laird askai at a news conference whether Nixon could fail to talk about what the questioner termed a crisis of confidence leplied I think youll be very pleased with the content of the message
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