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Truckers To "Slow Roll" On 465 To Protest Federal Regulations

Semi drivers will be travelling slower than the speed limit on I-465 starting at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Unfair regulations are why hundreds of semi-truck drivers will be protesting by way of a "slow-roll" on I-465 in Indianapolis Thursday. 

The protest is set to start at around 11:00 in the morning. Up to 500 truckers plan to make two laps around the 53-mile stretch of interstate that goes around the Capitol City. 

Amber Furry, who is helping organize the slow-roll, said truckers are upset that they have to use a federally mandated electronic tracking system that keeps track of their hours on the road. The regulations were implemented in 2017.

Truck driver Donald Day said the tracking devices have forced drivers to have shorter amounts of time to deliver products to their destination.

"With the time, the one that we're on now, it puts us in a rush," Day said. "So now we can't sit back and run at a 'slow pace" or a safe pace if you will."

"This doesn't just affect the truck drivers, it affects the public as well, because they are on the interstates with them, with their families," Furry added. "These regulations were supposed to save lives, not take them."

Day says he "sees someone die everyday because we're forced to get somewhere in a timely manner." 

Furry, who said they have gotten a permit from the Indiana State Police for the protest, said when the slow roll around I-465 starts you can expect semi's to be going in convoys at about 45 to 50 miles per hour, which is 5 to 10 miles an hour below the speed limit on the interstate.

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