Is it Time to Drive 55?


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In 1901, Good writes, the state of Connecticut enacted the country's first speed limit regulation: 12 miles per hour on the highway. The motivation, no doubt, was a concern for safety. Today, however, speed limits are as much about efficiency and fuel economy as they are about preventing accidents.

The question is: Should we take a lesson from planners in the 1970's who enacted a 55 mph speed limit to reduce petroleum consumption?Tim Castleman, founder of the Drive 55 campaign, thinks we should. He says:

The average driver races from red light to red light with little regard for how much energy they're consuming. It's an amazingly antisocial behavior.

Think he's right?

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Tags: Carbon Emissions | Fuel Efficiency

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