I estimate that the USA could cut oil imports by 10% to 15% if everyone never exceed the posted speed limits.
I doubt that this is exactly true, since a huge part of that imported oil does not get used by road vehicles, and speed is really important to consumption only at highway speeds, but
I agree that a meaningful amount of a limited an expensive resource would be saved by knocking off a bit of speed under highway conditions.
I try to be careful to avoid being too smug about using less fuel than the next guy (by driving a smaller car or more efficient van, or pulling a lighter trailer), since I also drive more than required (by living further from work than necessary), and pull a trailer (instead of staying in motels or tent camping). We are all part of the problem.
Of all the reasons to [b]slow down through towns on highways, Patrick has a great list and (more seriously) I think Gina has it right - go back up and read it again.
...not legally according to the posted speed limit.
The posted speed limit [b]is the definition of allowed speed according to the law, so this is a nonsensical statement.
Roger, I appreciate the insights you have given us into the world of [b]law enforcement officers, and admire that you have clearly kept your sense of humour in this challenging career. I'm not arguing with your analysis of the cash flow of fines, but I did notice that when Alberta regulations changed a few years ago so that fines collected by municipal bylaw officers were directed to the municipality (instead of, presumably, the province), some municipalities (without their own pollice department) suddenly acquired more cars, equipped them with red-and-blue lights
, and started doing speed enforcement. Hmmm...