55 MPH Speed Limit Day
55 MPH Speed Limit Day is observed next on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024 (34 days from today).
As you know, breaking the speed limit is probably one of the more common ways people break the law. To justify the problem, there are many "good reasons" for it - you cannot be late for work again, your plane will take off in half an hour or the store closes in just a few minutes and you really…
Whatever the reason people may be for breaking speeding limit, the unfortunate fact is most people do it too often, especially considering that most auto crashes are caused by speeding. Therefore, it is time for people to obey the speed limit, right.
The origin of 55 MPH Speed Limit Day
On January 2, 1974, President Richard Nixon has agreed to sign and enact the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act. It has a National Speed Limit Act, which has reduced the speed limit to 55 mph nationwide. This law was created with the hope that it will help drivers save more fuel and therefore will be less dependent on foreign oil. President Nixon thinks that by reducing the speed limit, the amount of gasoline will be used less about 2% and the price of gasoline will drop. There is also an opinion that a lower speed limit will make the road safer.
The law requires all states to comply with the 55 mph (90 km / h) limit in order to qualify for federal funding for highway projects. The final law, however, was not widely disseminated, leading to a very lax or practically non-existent enforcement of the law. Studies conducted at that time showed that more than 80% of drivers had violated the speed limit on many roads. Some states, such as Nevada and Arizona, have gone as far as replacing the speeding tickets with $ 5-15 energy-wasting fines that no one takes seriously, for a variety of reasons. .
How to Celebrate the 55 MPH Speed Limit Day
Maybe the speed limit is no longer 55 mph, and that could be a good thing, since lowering it to this level does not really benefit anyone specifically. However, this may be the right day to commit that you will not go over the speed limit, regardless of the special situation. The truth is how much the speed limit is for one reason: driving faster can pose serious dangers to both you and other drivers on the road. Also, take the time to educate your family and friends about the dangers of not paying attention to in-car safety issues.
Moreover, make sure your child understands how much seat belts can help them in the event of an accident; that in fact, a seatbelt could save their lives. Never let anyone even just a little drunk drive, even if they have just drunk a beer. Make sure good people know that physically tired driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk and sleeping behind the wheel causes thousands of deaths each year. Also, remember to emphasize the importance of making sure your car is checked and maintained regularly and that all its functions and equipment ensure your safety in the event of an accident.
Nowadays, the speed limit may not be 55 mph; however, 55 mph Speed Limit Day is still a good time for us to think about road safety.
Observed55 MPH Speed Limit Day has been observed annually on January 2nd.
Sunday, January 2nd, 2022
Monday, January 2nd, 2023
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024
Thursday, January 2nd, 2025
Friday, January 2nd, 2026