Drive 55 Conservation Project update – Earth Day 2007

SACRAMENTO – April 23, 2007

Senator Hillary Clinton Endorses 55 MPH Speed Limit
Drive 55 Conservation Project announces new bumper sticker goal and website update

“The 55-mile speed limit really does lower gas usage. And wherever it can be required, and the people will accept it, we ought to do it…”

2008 Presidential contender Hillary Clinton endorses a return to the 55 MPH speed limit.

US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) on Tuesday endorsed a return to the 55 MPH maximum speed limit for “most” of the country during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Senator Clinton, who is leading in the polls for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, responded to a question about whether she supported the Carter administration’s national maximum speed limit.

“The 55 mile speed limit really does lower gas usage, and wherever it can be required and that people will accept it, we ought to do it,” Clinton said.

The senator admitted that the move would be too unpopular to implement nationwide. “Well, there are just some parts of the country where that’s just not going to happen,” she said. “You know, where you’ve got miles of open, flat road.”

“I mean, there are things that can be done. So maybe the trade off is, you know, most of the country where 55 miles an hour doesn’t seem like a burden, we have that. In the rest of the country, inflate your tires before you head off into the sunset,” Clinton concluded.

A newly elected Republican majority Congress repealed the national 55 MPH speed limit in 1995 over the objection of then-President Bill Clinton after groups like the National Motorists Association demonstrated the law’s shortcomings as a “life-saving measure.”

May 25, 2006 from http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/11/1148.asp

Visit http://www.drive55.org to join Hillary

Drive 55 Conservation Project – One million bumper sticker goal set

Responding to increased public interest the Drive 55 Conservation Project has released new bumper stickers that feature a green circle with 55 inside to let other drivers know the vehicle they are following is driving 55 MPH or less. Our Goal: One million Drive 55 bumper stickers.

Studies and real world experience prove that driving with an “Unleaded Right-Foot” and observing speed limits, never exceeding 55 MPH will reduce energy consumption by 20% to 50%, with no new technology or sacrifice in comfort or safety. In fact, traffic deaths and injuries drastically decreased in the years following the first national 55 MPH speed limit implemented in the 1970’s due to the Arab oil embargo.

The people of the United States are under enormous pressure to reduce energy costs and here is why slowing down the pace of traffic still makes sense today.

Reduced fuel consumption – save up to 50%!
Reduced wear and tear on equipment and roadways
Reduced pollution, air, water and noise
Reduced congestion due to fewer collisions
Reduced collisions mean reduced deaths and injuries
Reduced dependance on imported oil
Reduced funding of oil wars

Increased cash to spend on other living expenses
Increased safety for drivers
Increased safety for pedestrians
Increased value of equipment due to less wear and tear
Increased life of taxpayer funded roadways
Increased ability for manufacturers to produce quality vehicles
Increased national security

All of this with no decrease in comfort, no new technology, no new fuel, and no inconvenience for anyone. Join us, get some of these bumper stickers for your vehicles and for your friends, together we can do this. Our goal is one million vehicles with this message on their bumper, Visit www.Drive55.org to check out the new website, download a free Real World Vehicle Efficiency Report, read reports, articles, EPA documents and order Drive 55 bumper stickers to help reach our goal of one million Drive 55 bumper stickers.

Tim Castleman
aztc@Drive55.org
916-489-8601