As a Virginia resident, it is disappointing that the state instituted a minimum $1,500 fine (and up to $3,500) for speeding 15 miles per hour over the state-instituted speed limit. Out of state commuters speeding in Virginia do not face this penalty (lucky them!).
Recently, Senator John Warner has proposed a nationalized 55 mph speed limit for the nation’s interstates to save on gasoline consumption. According to the story, in 1974, “Congress … set a national 55 mph speed limit because of energy shortages caused by the Arab oil embargo. The speed limit was repealed in 1995 when crude oil dipped to $17 a berrel and gasoline cost $1.10 a gallon.” The article continues, “Warner cited studies that showed the 55 mph speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2 percent of the country’s highway fuel consumption, while avoiding up to 4,000 traffic deaths a year.”
Energy Department spokeswoman Angela Hill responded by saying, “If Congress is serious about addressing gasoline prices, they must take action on expanding domestic oil and natural gas production.”
Senator Warner’s “solution” is a quick fix, not a thought out solution. Most drivers don’t obey the speed limit to begin with. Let’s get real, Senator.