GO 40!
A campaign for sanity on the road and reduced energy use

GO 40

What is "GO 40!"?

GO 40! is an approach to improving highway safety, and reducing injuries and fatalities on the road. It will also help people economize on fuel, and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels and Middle East resources. It will minimize the incentive by runaway government to undertake genocidal wars such as the current conflicts it started and continues to fuel in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. It will facilitate the return of soldiers to civilian life, where their lives can most productively bear fruit.
These goals are furthered with one simple action under the control of the average citizen.

Motorists are encouraged to travel at 40 miles per hour in lanes with posted speed limits exceeding 40 miles per hour, where legally permissible and when other factors do not make it unsafe. We hope New York State will adopt this program by making 40 mph the legal speed limit throughout the state on all roads.

*WARNING: This program should never be carried out by a motorist where conditions make it unsafe, or where minimum posted speed limits exceed 40 mph. In these cases, it is recommended that motorists adhere to the minimum limit. It is up to motorists, and/or local, state and federal agencies, to judge in each particular circumstance and at any time, the appropriate vehicle speed, based on legal restrictions, safety, or any other criteria such as those that are a part of the "GO 40!' campaign. This program is not meant in any case whatsoever to replace the judgment or responsibility of the driver to operate his or her vehicle safely and legally at all times. This program should only be carried out intelligently, thoughtfully and responsibly, and should as much as possible not interfere with those who wish to travel at safe and legally permissible speeds exceeding 40 mph.

WHY "GO 40!"

1. Forty miles per hour as an upper speed limit represents an appreciable reduction in speed. This reduction reduces the air resistance encountered by an automobile, and thus, reduces the energy, and therefore, the fuel, that the car requires to move forward. When this factor is multiplied by the millions of vehicles that travel across New York State and across the nation, the gesture would represent an appreciable contribution to the reduction of air pollution.

In terms of highway safety, such a gesture is a way of significantly reducing traffic accidents, and the large number of accompanying deaths and serious injuries. Not only does a reduction in speed reduce physical damage during an accident, but it does so out of proportion to the reduction. A speed reduction of a third reduces the capacity for damage by over half. There are so many other factors contributing to accidents that are reduced substantially by even a small speed reduction that it is hard to list them all. Reaction time is the primary one. Road conditions such as curvature of the road, and wet or icy roads are others.

2. Consumers are facing economic hardship due primarily to government malfeasance and plain old fashioned criminal mismanagement. Fuel savings by reducing vehicle speed, and the accompanying economic benefits to the average citizen, will be appreciable.

3. Reduction in the need for fuel also reduces foreign dependence on a natural resource. This will help us in our international balance of trade.

4. It will also prevent the dollar from being artificially propped up due to the world's dependence on oil, and the fact that oil is priced in dollars.

5. It will also reduce our dependence on oil from foreign sources, and thus reconfigure the relationships the U.S. has with major oil producing nations. In the past, it is apparent that the U.S. government has felt the need to conquer and control oil producing nations, committing horrible war crimes and crimes against humanity in the process, and allegedly even killing its own citizens to create a pretext for invading and occupying Middle Eastern countries. We can thus contribute to peace on the planet through this seemingly small gesture. It will thus reduce the bill for eventual reparations which America will have to pay as a result of its destruction of human and animal life and infrastructure due to its conquest of the Middle East.

6. With a diminished demand for crude oil, crude prices are likely to go down in an attempt to increase demand, thus benefiting the consumer.

7. Dwindling petroleum resources worldwide will be more efficiently utilized, on a basis of need rather than on the basis of profits to the oil companies and gasoline retailers. Thus, these resources will last longer.

8. Pollution due to the combustion of fossil fuels will be considerably reduced. Automobile exhaust is one of the largest contributors to pollution, including toxic gaseous and particulate emissions that are a direct threat to the health of humanity.

In general, citizens adopting the goals of this campaign will opt to take less traveled roads, roads with lower speed limits posted, or lanes in which travel at reduced speed is acceptable by convention. Motorists will make their traveling plans and schedules more carefully as a result, planning ahead to make sure they meet their appointments in a timely fashion, taking into consideration the reduced speeds of their vehicles. The use of blinker lights may be appropriate under some circumstances to indicate that a motorist intends to maintain a speed appreciably lower than the speed limit posted.

If we care about people, we will do all we can to stop the loss of life that occurs due to automobile accidents. The extra speed is not worth it.