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Spurred by high fuel prices, New Jersey governor Jon Corzine has introduced a plan to decrease fuel prices that would bring back the 55 MPH speed limit. OK, so it's only a proposal, and it's only one state, but pundits suggest that something like this could spread like wildfire in today's current tinder-like political climate. (As evidence of how weird everything tends to get when prices at the pump jump up, note that Republicans are suggesting oil companies pay a windfall tax to support a $100 fuel rebate).

As The Auto Prophet points out, fuel prices haven't really resulted in people driving under the current speed limit, so such a move would seem to make little sense from a practical standpoint. Of course, cognitive reasoning rarely gets in the way of a successful career in politics, though.

Sammy Hagar could not be reached for comment.

[Source: The Daily Record]



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      red04gp
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lowering the speed limit on interstate highways will conserve fuel. My wife drives a Buick Rendevous 6 cylinder. Reducing the speed from 75 to 65 results in saving about 3.5 mpg. I agree with one writer that says he will drive slower if big trucks and SUVs will not run over him. Law enforcement agencies can get their attention with some citations. The more they get, the costlier they get. Drivers with CDL's can lose their license.
      Jennifer
      • 8 Years Ago
      Back when the speed limit was 55, Michigan was told that if they didn't slow their people down, they'd lose federal funding. So in an attempt to comply, they set up a speed trap to catch anyone doing 70 or over, about an hour after they started, they had been so overwelmed that they bumped it up to 80 and in an 8 hour period stopped over 100 cars. So lowering the speed limit wouldn't slow anyone down, like so many have said before it would only increase revenue, insurance premiums (which are too high already) and line the politicians pockets.

      Man, I hope they don't mess with the speed limit, if anything in most places it's too slow as it is. I agree with what a few people have suggested, educate people on slowing down to save money but don't make it mandatory.

      Btw, I like the logic of finding out how much gas a Yukon gets doing 55 and then everyone drive accordingly, that works for me, lol.

      As for the hybrids, for those of us who do mostly highway driving, they are pointless, until the engineers and car companies make a car that can service the majority with the conveniences that we want they need to back off with those hybrids.
      JJ Langdon
      • 8 Years Ago
      Speed causes fatalities, but slowing down does not save gas only lives. What is more important? Please slow donw so I can live, and my children and grand children can live. The speed limits are designed for safety. not gas conservation.
      Mac
      • 8 Years Ago
      55 does save fuel. Let those that can't take it ride the Bus. I would prefer 60 MPH as the speed limit.
      Steve
      • 8 Years Ago
      Leave it to a liberal like Jon Corzine to suggest that the government knows what is best for us vis-a-vis a 55 mph speed limit. Corzine and his liberal cronies need to butt out and leave the speed limit alone.
      Dann Gravett
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lower the overall speed limit to 65, not 55. That was the big bitch last time. Limit speeds based on horsepower and gas use. The more horses, the less gas efficiency, the slower you go. That way, little guys have a chance to survive. Get those big SUVs of the road. Exceptions would be over the road campers, etc. We don't wish to destroy the RV industry, do we?
      Is there any fair way? Screw fair. My car gets 25 mpg on the hwy, Merc Gran Marquis. Get rid of the big SUVs and we'll be OK.
      The River Rat
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 55 mph will do no good unless it is enforced. That was the problem the last time we had the speed limit at 55. We could save 15-20% if the speed limit was lowered. It would be hard at first, but people would adjust or they would pay dearly.
      Andrew
      • 8 Years Ago
      More bureaucratic BS...
      • 8 Years Ago
      For those of us who remember the total and comletely usless lowering of the speed limit to 55 the last time welcome to deja vu. It is the governments way of saying "Hey look at what we are doing to save gas for everyone." When actualy what they mean is we know this is total bullshit but it makes it look like we are acualy doing something when we really haven't got a clue. Maybe if we all try real hard it will work the second time around. Yea, sure just like my second marriage!! Don't let them fool you folks, the technology has been around for decades for high power, high milage vehicles. But as long as the politicians have deep pockets and the big 3 want to stay in business and BIG OIL controls the purse strings get used to the statis quo!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      How speed limit by vehicle mpg. A Hummer would have to do 45, my Turbo Diesel could do 70.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey kids, I can remember when the National Speed Limit was 35MPH. During the war years of the early 40s. I think all you kids that want to run 90 should do so. Just be prepared to pay those ticket prices. LOL An old fart with a long memory, here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Round-a-bouts don't help! For hoons, it's just a reason to speed up. They're only useful if there are five or more roads diverging upon one point and a standard traffic junction becomes too complex. They were never intended to reduce speed, and certainly won't reduce emissions.
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