Monday, July 28, 2008

Flashback To '74 - Possible Return Of The 55 MPH National Speed Limit

In 1974, due to the OPEC embargo (triggered by events of the long running Arab-Israeli conflict), the Emergency Energy Highway Conservation Act was signed into law in the hopes that it would immediately drive down gas prices at the pump. Questionable numbers "proving" that the law had reduced the number of barrels per day used by the American public and that highway deaths had also dropped, led to the temporary law becoming permanent until its repeal in 1995. Several senators and congressmen are now seeking to reinstate the law (or at least a new version of it). A bill has already been introduced and is awaiting hearings before the House Committee on Transportation. Better write your congressman...

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

Photo by Kurt Rogers leeched from SFGate.

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