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October 28, 1942 – Utah imposes Patriotic Speed Limit
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October 28, 1942 – Utah imposes Patriotic Speed Limit

During WWII Americans were subject to many rations, which included gasoline and rubber, making it nearly impossible to get new tires. In an effort to reduce consumption the State of Utah imposed a “Patriotic Speed Limit” of 35 mph on this day in 1942, following a call by the federal government for a nationwide “Victory Speed Limit” of the same speed the previous May. The lower speed limit helped reduce tire wear and save gasoline. It was found that a vehicle tires wore half as fast when traveling at 35 mph opposed to 60 mph. The speed limits were imposed for safety reasons as well, since new tires could not be distributed. A study by the National Safety Council, in conjunction with the Utah Highway Traffic Advisory Committee, found that 46 percent of cars driven by war workers had...

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