Should We Bring Back the National 55 MPH Speed Limit?
Wired’s Autotopia blog ask its readers an interesting question; the question being “Is It Time To Drive 55 Again?” It’s an intriguing question indeed as gasoline prices continue to soar past $4.00 a gallon, air pollution continues to rise, and our little ol’ blue planet slowly starts to warm up. Taking all these factors into consideration, is it time to bring back the national 55 mph speed limit?
As a response to the oil crisis of the ’70s, Congress and President Nixon imposed a nationwide 55 mph speed limit in order to conserve energy. However, since 1993, the law has been repealed allowing states, once again, to set legal speed limits. Though the today’s oil “crisis” is not as bad as the ’70s rationing system — at least not yet — it is interesting to see a national speed limit debate resurface.
Regardless of whether or not a national speed limit law is passed, it is still good practice to drive at a speed that is still safe yet not excessively fast. Start using the slower right lanes in traffic and plan accordingly — whether it be waking up earlier — in anticipation for a longer commute. Doing so will not only help out your wallet at the pump, but it will also reduce the impact on the environment by lowering emissions.
Written by AJ Papa
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