Slowing Down On The Road

Have you noticed people driving slower since gas prices jumped? One senator says Congress should consider bringing back the 55 mph national speed limit.

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?

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  • by I'm jus sayin' Location: Greenville on Jul 24, 2008 at 05:22 PM
    Gee whiz! Please mommy, let me make some decisions myself! If I choose to slow down, or speed up, please!!! Next, are you going to tell me what I can and cannot have for breakfast too!
  • by steve Location: coinjock on Jul 20, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    Want cheaper gas? Simple, drill here, drill now!
  • by Gary Location: Greenville on Jul 17, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    Want to save on fuel? All ststes can save by getting rid of their speed traps! Police sitting in their idling cars with their radar guns looking for easy money to fill the states coffers.Park those police in bad neighborhoods and turn the car off!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    ugh, I hope we never go back to the 55 MPH law.
  • by Todd Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    No, I'm not rich, I just don't do a lot of traveling. Redlights and slow traffic effect gas usage much more that speed.
  • by frank Location: the globe on Jul 14, 2008 at 11:58 PM
    todd...you must be rich! or are you a kin to bush? lol
  • by Todd Location: Greenville on Jul 14, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    I'm not willing to slow down because the gas prices don't bother me at all!
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