January 2nd – Drive 55, Stay Alive

January 2, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

January is one of the newer months to the calendar we know today. It was named after the God of Beginnings and transitions, Janus.  In Latin, Januarius means the month of Janus.  It was added to the calendar with 29 days around 713 BC by King Numa Pompilius to conform with the lunar calendar. Julius Caesar gave it the 31 days when he created the Julian Calendar, and it still has 31 days after the transition to the modern Gregorian calendar.

Good morning safety conscious drivers. Today is Monday, January 2, 2017.

55-MPH Speed Limit Day

President Richard Nixon signed a bill which created a national speed limit of 55 MPH in 1974. Because most Americans love their automobiles, the bill was met with almost immediate disfavor by the population at large. America’s large land mass makes public transportation impractical except in large urban areas, and many people commute from rural areas to metropolitan areas for work each day. The 55-MPH speed limit meant even more time wasted traveling to and from work.
This Bill was a “Washington beltway”, knee-jerk reaction to the Arab oil embargo of 1973. It was supposed to reduce oil consumption and save lives, but it did neither to any noticeable extent.
Within a year, many of the less populated, “flatland” states were issuing “fuel wasting” tickets rather than speeding tickets so that no points were added to/deducted from to an individual’s driving record (depending upon which method that particular state used to calculate driving points). Also, in many states, Law Enforcement began (never officially) enlarging the leeway given to speeders. When I began my truck driving career in 1987, it didn’t take me long to discover which states were “driver friendly” and which were not. Thankfully, the law was repealed in 1995. These days, some “flatland”  states have speed limits of 80-MPH or more.

There are no ‘major holidays’ today, but if you’re still in a celebratory mood, here are a number of ‘lesser holidays’ from which to choose today. As always, they will be linked so that you can learn more about them.

“Thank God It’s Monday” Day

Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

National Buffet Day

National Cream Puff Day

National Personal Trainer Awareness Day

National Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes It Day

National Science Fiction Day

National Weigh-In Day

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