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Old 07-05-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Speed Reduction - 55 MPH Limit

Recently a Republican Senator brought attention to the possibility of a nationwide speed limit reduction. He cited studies that a 55 mile-per-hour limit would save two percent of highway fuel consumption a day.

The Energy Department's Web site said fuel efficiency drops sharply above 60 miles-per-hour. He said every five miles per hour above that costs drivers roughly the equivalent of paying 30 cents a gallon more at the pump.

A national speed limit was tried before, starting in 1974, but was dropped in 1995 when crude oil fell to $17 a barrel and gasoline cost $1.10 a gallon.

What are your thoughts, are you for or against reinstating the 55 MPH limit to save fuel?

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