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View Poll Results: 55 MPH Speed Limit
For 55 MPH Limit 81 6.57%
Against 55 MPH Limit 1,028 83.44%
I'm fine with whichever 123 9.98%
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:23 PM   #51
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I am 100% against the 55mph speed limit. I do like the idea of having an official slow lane. All over the contry today, the left lane is the fast lane and slower vehicles stay to the right. It has worked for years, lets just make it official so those drivers out there that don't know the difference between slow and fast lanes don't have any room to get pissed off when they tray and drive 80mph in the slow lane....
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AAA has already done statistics on the 55 mph speed limit. Its slow enough to give you a false sense of safety but fast enough to kill you. I personally would like to see 'autobahn' style sections of roadway, away from urban areas obviously, where it would be unlimited speed in the fast lane with the other lanes for the low performance driver....er....I mean....less enthusiastic driver!
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i get better gas mileage at 70.


lets raise it to 70 nationwide......
55 would drive me outa my mind not to mention my mpg would suffer quite a bit. a few years back i drove to montana from northern Maine and when going through some backwards state that was all 55 mph , got my worst milage...about 28 mpg not to mention it took me forever to get across that state, then when i stepped up to about 90 my milage went as high as 37 mpg...must be a sweet spot in the rpm range in 5th gear!
I can deal with the current 75....ish
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A couple of points, some of which are pet peeves of mine and I freely admit that.

1. There are fewer fatalities because of a lower speed limit as cars are built to WITHSTAND those kinds of impacts.

This is uniformly an INCORRECT statement. There is no evidence whatsoever to support that "speed kills". All of the traffic surveys and accident analysis point to the fact that speed was NOT the cause of an accident. Fatalities are caused by poor judgement, mechanical failure or environmental interference. A car traveling at 70MPH and runs a red light in a 35MPH zone. Speed did not cause a fatality. Running the red light did. A single car accident on a highway where a car traveling at 90 MPH rolled because it got 2 wheels off in the soft shoulder that results in a death was not caused by the speed, but rather the driver's loss of control and leaving the road surface. In either scenario, the result could result in a fatality, but the speed was NOT the cause of the accident. Ergo, so was the fatality.

The cars themselves do not WITHSTAND impacts either. They are designed to absorb/deflect kinetic energy away from the occupants. This is why crumple zones were invented. That's why cars are so expensive to repair. In the mid 70's and earlier, the larger car gave a sense of safety when the reality is that most fatalities were the result of blunt force trauma from impact to the steering wheel or other portion of the car's interior. The old saying is true. "It's not the crash, it's the sudden stop."

2. States should be left to set their own laws. This is true to an extent. However, the Federal Government has mandate and uniform acceptance by all of the states to structure their traffic laws within the framework established by the Department of Transportation under the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This includes speed limits and speed limit signs. The Federal Government requires that engineering traffic surveys be conducted on ALL federal and state highways and streets every 5 years to evaluate and adjust speed limits where necessary (Remember this fact the next time you get a speeding ticket. IF a survey hasn't been conducted in more than 5 years, the speed limit is unenforceable under federal law).

3. Driving is not a RIGHT. It is a privledge. There is nothing within the Constitution or any other document that expresses this as an individual freedom. Under the law, driving is NOT an expression of free will, free speech, or any other right granted to us in the first 12 amendments to the constitution.

Now, with that said, I do NOT support a nationwide 55MPH speed limit, but I do think that speed limits are necessary. We, as a nation, do not have the infrastructure needed to support high speed travel on interstates. There is too much congestion, not enough driver training (our license process is a JOKE when compared to Europe), and not enough consequence for violations. If you think fines here are steep, try breaking a traffic law in Germany or Switzerland. License suspension, revocation, JAIL TIME and hefty fines ($1000+) apply to even the most "minor" of infractions. Here, only a few infractions carry jail time or hefty fines.

Sorry to get off on a rant....
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:00 PM   #55
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The whole idea behind this 55mph proposal, is to reduce the overall gasoline usage in this country......which it will to a small degree if the limit is enforced strictly. Sure a minor percentage of cars get slightly better MPG at 65mph....but very few.

The latest.....smaller gasoline stations are closing in droves all over the country. Apparently has to do with profit margins getting smaller and smaller, the increased use of credit cards for gasoline purchases (which costs stations extra), the up-front costs of having the station's tanks refilled, and the decreasing profits from the snack bars (who can afford to buy food there after filling the tank).

The result of fewer stations....higher cost of gasoline due to lessened competition.

We need to immediately reduce gas consumption.....even if it means driving slower, and arriving a few minutes later.
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3. Driving is not a RIGHT. It is a privledge. There is nothing within the Constitution or any other document that expresses this as an individual freedom. Under the law, driving is NOT an expression of free will, free speech, or any other right granted to us in the first 12 amendments to the constitution.
Gotta disagree on this one point, but everything else you said was right on.

The Constitution was put in place to spell out how the government should be run and to restrict government. It was not to grant our individual rights and freedoms. I'm free to walk down the street, but the Constitution doesn't say I have that right. Same thing with driving or riding a horse.
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The whole idea behind this 55mph proposal, is to reduce the overall gasoline usage in this country......which it will to a small degree if the limit is enforced strictly. Sure a minor percentage of cars get slightly better MPG at 65mph....but very few.

We need to immediately reduce gas consumption.....even if it means driving slower, and arriving a few minutes later.
No, we need to immediately start drilling in our own country.
The only reason OPEC is able to deliberately decrease output and set the price of oil at $140 a barrel is because they have us over a barrel.
They have no real competition in the oil market.
We have more oil in Alaska alone than Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Venezuela all combined.

Starting drilling now will make OPEC increase supply and lower prices so they can stay competitive.

And the "10 years" it will take for us to get our own drilled oil is BS. It would be 2 - 3 years max until our newly drilled oil hits the market.

Plus we have capped oil wells all over the midwest that we aren't allowed to touch because of environmental restrictions.

All we have to do there is start pumping.

Supply isn't the problem. Government regulations and restrictions are.
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I'm against it. Drivers can make their own choice if they want to go slower than the current posted speed limit, down to the minimum. If they want to go the posted limit or faster and burn more gas on their trip, it's their money not mine. If memory serves, one of the main reasons that speed limits were increased in the first place was because people were driving that fast on them anyways. It's a bad idea, I think.
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I couldn't handle 55 as the speed limit. I would probably fall asleep. I get bored.
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Im with MisterJohnson. We need to kill all the g liberals that dont want us to drill off of California and Alaska and then start the drilling :-) They have studies say that the US can drill enough oil to reduce gas prices below 2$ and last us over 100 years. I dont know if this is true, but the US drilling its on oil is the right direction.
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