Have you noticed more people have put away their so-called "lead foot" since gas prices jumped? I know I'm part of the group who wil coast to a red light now instead using gas to get there, even though the light may be just 100 feet away. Some people are clearly doing what they can to conserve the precious gas in their tank.. Should the government help everyone do that with a national speed limit?
Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia has asked the Secretary of Energy to study what is the best speed for gas efficiency and if the White House would support a national speed limit. The letter asks for study of conserving gas that began in 1974 with the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act. The law set forth a national speed limit for 55 mph until 1995.
Warner's <a href=http://warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View&FileStore_id=1c6ab80c-7072-45f4-81e1-cfb652ac82d4> letter </a> cites Congressional research that says the speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of petroleum a day. He also says the National Academy of Sciences found the speed limit saved 4,000 lives a year because of a reduction of accidents.
But is America willing to slow down? Are you?