Speed Limit Back to 55?

CBS news.com (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/07/politics/uwire/main4239631.shtml) has an editorial on its site tonight calling for a return to the national speed limit of 55-60 mph. Senator John Warner of Virginia is currently suggesting Congress re-examine a return to 1974 and reducing the national speed limit. From CNN.com: (http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/03/warner.speed.limit.ap/index.html )
"Warner cited studies that showed the 55 mph speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2 percent of the country's highway fuel consumption, while avoiding up to 4,000 traffic deaths a year.

'Given the significant increase in the number of vehicles on America's highway system from 1974 to 2008, one could assume that the amount of fuel that could be conserved today is far greater,' Warner wrote Bodman."

Sounds like there may be a voice of reason in the Energy Department "Energy Department spokeswoman Angela Hill said the department will review Warner's letter but added, 'If Congress is serious about addressing gasoline prices, they must take action on expanding domestic oil and natural gas production.' "

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 So we'll all be languishing at 55 mph while the 16 wheeler tractor-trailers continue to scream behind and dangerously past us, 3 abreast at 90 mph?
If anyone is serious about safety - these are the guys that need to be restricted to 55 mph, not the average motorist. 80 mph in a modern car is not excessive, and remember that a slow, drawn out trip at a low speed is likely to cause even more accidents through fatigue and impatience, than a faster more efficient speed.
Its not always that "speed kills". There are a lot more factors than that.
Ultimately far more gas is consumed in crawling traffic gridlocks that could be relatively easily resolved through more intelligent timing and placing of traffic lights, better construction of intersections and smarter school zoning.
Town planners have employed the stupidist of the stupid for far too long and it is time that traffic is treated more like computer data - how to move the highest number of packets through the thinnest pipe. The answer is, keep it MOVING and keep it moving FAST.

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- Just the KAT, thinking out loud again.

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Sammy Hagar...this is bull-shit.

I don't see this going anywhere.....this is wildly unpopular among Americans:


According to highway signs trucks are already restricted to 55, although they never go that slow, and its not strickly inforced. I was driving dow the highway doing 60 in the slow lane, and a truck passed me by, right passed a sitting cop. The cop didn't do anything. As for keeping trafic moving fast, i wouldn't have a problem with that if they weren't yapping on their cell phones or other "multitasking" while the're doing 80 and cutting people off who are going the speed limit. And i don't care what anyone says. If you are driving and you are on your cell phone you are not paying enough attention to the road.

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