55 mph Speed Limit Day is a controversial holiday in the US. Some celebrate it with pleasure, confirming the importance of such restrictions, while others are critical, believing that it makes no sense. What group do you belong to?
The origins of the holiday go back to 1973. During this period, there was another war in the Middle East between Israel, Syria and Egypt. US policy supported the first country. Based on this, the states that are members of the organization of oil importers imposed an oil embargo on America, and raised prices for other countries. It was a serious blow to the States, where the main means of transportation was the car.
President Nixon decided to reduce the pressure on energy consumption by limiting the speed for movement to 55 km. in hour. Later statistics said that about 80% of drivers at that time were violators. In 1995, the restriction regime was abolished by Congress at the federal level – all powers were transferred to the states. Many of them returned to normal before this event.
It is noteworthy that:
- the first fine was issued to a resident of the UK – he exceeded the speed limit by 4 times;
- there are roads on which no restrictions apply – the Isle of Man and a number of tracks in Germany. Every driver’s dream;
- the Belgian created an electric car that managed to accelerate to 65 miles per hour – at that time it was a huge achievement;
- The British racer accelerated to 760 miles per hour in a jet car. This is an absolute record;
- the first speed limit sign appeared in the United Kingdom in 1861;
- road signs are unique in different regions.
How to celebrate
Don’t just follow the rules at 55 mph Speed Limit Day. This is really important for reducing not only energy resources, but also emergency situations. Are there unpaid fines? It’s time to pay them. Tell others about the importance of the holiday.
When is 55-MPH Speed Limit Day celebrated in 2023?
55-MPH Speed Limit Day is observed on January 2 each year.