Should the speed limit be reduced to 55 mph due to gas shortage?

United States
July 14, 2008 3:06pm CST
I heard someone on the radio this morning say that due to the gas shortage that our elected officials should reduce the speed limit to 55 mph all over the country. What are your thoughts on this idea?
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@banadux (630)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I wouldn't be opposed to it. It will add hours to long trips, but in general things will be a little bit safer in general. I don't know how much of an impact that would have on our oil consumption as a country, but it would be interesting to know if it was a significant percentage.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Hmmmmmm, thats a real poser....and it does have some sense at first glance. On one hand, while it surely would save gasoline, you'd still have people who would exceed the speed and grumble. On the other hand it would interfere with every mode of transportation. Especially truck drivers who are trying to get foods, etc, to places of business. If you think about it...they would then spend more time on the roads driving, which would (in turn) drive up the price of whatever they were delivering. Delivery rates are not calculated just by the object, but also by the number of man hours to get it there. If the man hours were to be a lot longer then the price would have to reflect the higher cost. IE: if it took 10 man hours to drive to deliver, and he was getting $20.00 an hour wage, and then it now takes 15 hours cross country to deliver it, the added cost would be 5 man hours...or an additional $100 bucks. No matter whether they lower the speeds or not, we're still going to end up paying through the nose. Anyways, that's how I view it all.
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@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
14 Jul 08
If it helps in a significant way then they should do this. But surely lots of people are going to get speeding ticket in that situation. To get more gas millage people will try to go faster than they are allowed to.
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• United States
14 Jul 08
It would not bother me at all. I think we should do anything and everything to help the gas shortage.
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• United States
14 Jul 08
They tried to do that in the 1970s and 1980s and I don't think it did anything but raise more money through traffic tickets. Nobody drove 55 unless there was a cop around and I still don't think anyone will drive that even if it was the speed limit. I'm like the only one in the world who drives anywhere near the speed limit everywhere I go. Americans seem to ignore this rule totally. I can't believe how fast people drive on the freeway and it's no wonder why some people spend over $100 a week on gas.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
2 Aug 08
They should reduce it. Its safer and better in bad weather. There are many benefits that would come from that. It wouldnt make the gas companies too happy so it is a wonderful idea.
@suzu12345 (470)
• India
1 Aug 08
no no never ,,if so then u rather be walking on ur feets,,u will hate driving,,kill fast cars wth this..lambhorgini,,porsche,,,else else,,will all be in vain,,,this world will come to a hault
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
25 Jul 08
Imagine the cost of changing all the road signs all over the country. I think it's up to the individual. I stay between 80kph and 90kph instead of 100kph these days. It works really well for me. I'm quite surprised at how much better my fuel economy is. I feel really sensible and noble when someone passes me. I'm more relaxed and it doesn't take too much longer to get to wherever I'm going.
• United States
16 Jul 08
I did not hear that is was from the gas shortage that the speed limit should be lowered. I was under the impression it is because cars get better gas mileage. I think it would be a good thing if they lowered the speed limit. I do not drive so I really do not have a say in the matter.
@GardenGerty (101592)
• United States
15 Jul 08
They can reduce the speed limit, but they cannot make Americans follow it. If they could change our driving habits, we would have a lot more mass transit options, and more people car pooling. I do think that it would help somewhat.