– posted by thehim
My drive between home and college was a long one – 9 hours. About half of it was driving across Pennsylvania on the PA Turnpike. In 1995, they finally allowed states to determine their own speed limits again, but Pennsylvania proudly stuck to the 55 mph limit. So proudly, that a sign at the Ohio border reminded motorists how the lower speed limit was keeping us all safe. It then became a tradition for me to roll down my window and extend a one-finger salute every time I drove past it. Eventually, the speed limit on the Turnpike was raised, but not until I graduated and headed west.
But the idea of 55 mph speed limits still won’t die, although at least the people who seem to be supporting it are about to:
One of the brightest proposals to come out of Congress these days is a surprising but appropriate measure to return to the national speed limit for automobiles of 55 miles per hour — a limit that was invoked way back in the days of the energy crisis of the early 1970s.
I don’t think this can be said enough times; there is no one taking on the dangers of Big Government quite like Lou Guzzo.
To be sure, the proposal will have rough sledding, but it has everything going for it in this day of soaring gasoline prices on one hand and rising deaths and serious injuries in traffic across the nation on the other.
Rising deaths and serious injuries? I think Lou may be holding the chart upside down.
Of course, the speedsters will oppose any such measure with all their might, but common sense should prevail.
I think common sense prevails when people recognize that 55 mph in a modern vehicle with advanced safety features on an interstate is S-L-O-W.
It’s surprising that President Bush did not resort to a request for lowering the speed limit in his appeal for action to counter the rising gasoline prices.
It’s surprising that anyone finds that surprising.
One would think such a move would be automatic, regardless of the pressure that might be applied by the gasoline and automobile industries.
I’m not sure how one could be so unclear about the relationship between President Bush and the gasoline industry.
Frankly, I would welcome a return to the 55 mph speed limit on the highways and roadways.
Frankly, I hope you’re not still driving.
Speed belongs on the race track, not the city and rural roads.
It belongs anywhere except my DVD player.
We have become a nation of speedsters, and it’s about time to restore some tranquility and safety to our transportation system.
We should have to walk everywhere from now on while ocean sounds are broadcast from the side of the road.
Lowering the speed limit will automatically forestall the many tragedies that have occurred with the speed limit at 70.
Again, he appears to be holding the chart upside down.
I’ve noticed fearfully the number of speed idiots who don’t stop at 70 but proceed at 75, 80, and even faster for the thrill of it.
They are the demons who create havoc and death for those who try to drive lawfully.
I think by “lawfully”, Lou means driving 45 mph in the passing lane with his blinker on.
In addition to a return to the 55 mph limit on the highways and roadways, there is another measure I would like to see reinstated permanently, a measure that would not only save precious lives and limbs but also relieve our fumbling traffic from getting any worse.
Sound Transit Phase 2?
It is a return to the day no one could obtain a driver’s license until he or she is 18.
That would radically change how teens in this country lose their virginity.
These days, it has become automatic for 16-year-olds to demand a driver’s license.
True story here – about two months before my 16th birthday, I got busted by a teacher for posting odds and taking bets on the NBA playoffs. My dad was pretty pissed. My parents originally threatened to make me wait until the end of the summer to get my license. Not long after that, though, they realized that driving my ass to work all summer was the last thing on Earth they wanted to do and they took me to get my permit on my birthday.
Along with that demand without fail goes the jalopy that goes with it — and thus the entry of still another driver and auto on our highways and roadways, to the consternation of the police and state patrols.
Consternation? Those guys made all kinds of money off of me before I got wise and found a lawyer.
Youngsters below the age of 18 are still going to school, and they should be taking a bus or streetcar to school, just as I did and all my school friends did years ago.
Streetcar? Has Lou been outside in this city since the Eisenhower Administration?
The creation of a whole new body of drivers 16 or 17 years old hit the bus and streetcar systems hard and began this crazy era of traffic jams in every city and town in America.
What? That makes no sense. Even if 16 and 17 years old didn’t have licenses, they’d still be going where they need to go in cars driven by other people.
Yes, increased use of bicycles has helped somewhat, but it has been but a minor help in reducing the heavy traffic and the use of precious gasoline.
All in all, I can see the common sense in a brand new transportation policy for America —- one that reduces the use and importance of cars on the roadways and brings a new development in the use of buses and streetcars.
Was Lou in favor of the S.L.U.T.?
If we don’t take action to cut the mania for speed on our roadways, we will see the day when America becomes one huge parking lot — and no one can succeed in getting from here to there.
Wow, let’s recap the logic that got us to this conclusion:
1. We need to lower the speed limit to keep ourselves safe and save gasoline
2. We should raise the minimum driving age to prevent traffic jams
3. If we don’t lower the speed limit, traffic jams will get far worse
I really hope he’s not driving any more.