if this is a crisis , why haven't they made 55 m.p.h. the national speed limit again . The revenue ( tickets ) could put more police ( jobs ) on the road to enforce the speed limit ( more money ) and help protect the public . Plus use the money to repair bridges and roads ( jobs ) . Then another portion of it to help fund alternative energy to give to the companies or programs to make homes more fuel effecient with windows , doors , furnaces , wind power , solar power , insulation , etc.. This would provide jobs as well . I just .
We'd call that "political suicide".
Seriously though, most of our roads are posted 100km/h (about 62mph), but that's only because we have a large percentage of incompetent (and some ignorant) drivers.
I can assure everyone it could handle 80mph... If people knew how to merge properly, for one...
Maybe it didn't cause catastrophic damage to the economy, but it caused catastrophic damage to my karma.
Resonable speed doesn't kill. An unreasonable speed differential (speed difference between fast drivers and slow drivers) does. The 55 MPH limit was ignored by 90% of the people who thought they could get away with higher speeds.
It was a bad idea then, and it's a bad idea now. If you want to curb fuel use, you have to do it via economic measures - you have to make it cost to drive. Make people slow down by giving them the incentive to become hypermilers.
Put a 100% tax on oil. That would reduce consumption.
55 mph is good when a bus is being driven to the yard for service, with only the driver aboard, but full of passengers who could be earning $15/hour, driving slow is a tremendous waste of human resources.