Senator Proposes Lowering Speed Limit to Save Gas

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia is asking Congress to consider a slower nationwide speed limit. Warner says this could save 167,000 barrels of oil a day.

However, even though oil has jumped to a staggering $145 per barrel, and the national average for gas is above $4 per gallon, it seems driving 55 mph is the last thing drivers want to do.

"It's too slow, that's it," motorist Cory Shaffer said.

"I thought they learned a lesson last time," Don Fischer said.

"I wouldn't be willing to drive 55 because it's a highway," motorist Stephanie Webb said. "I think we should be able to go faster that's kind of slow."

A few other motorists seem to think the idea of a slower nationwide speed limit makes sense.

"I'd rather go 55," Maria Contreras said.

A nationwide speed limit is nothing new. In 1974 congress imposed a 55 mph speed limit because of the Arab oil embargo.
That speed limit was repealed in 1995.

Most drivers now consider time to be money, and more important than saving a little cash.

Senator John Warner who's proposing the slower nationwide speed limit says you won't only save money if you slow down.
He has provided statistics that show lives were also saved.

If people drove 55 mph you would see 4,000 less traffic-related deaths per year.

According to the Energy Department the administration will review Senator Warner's proposal, but says, quote: "If Congress is serious about addressing gasoline prices, they must take action on expanding domestic oil and natural gas production."

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