Once again we, have been told we need to change our driving habits. Each time the price of oil increases, we see the same arguments about public transportation and more efficient vehicles. The automotive industry is already squeezing almost every possible joule of energy out of every drop of gas because the consumer has had an obsession with gas mileage for decades; even our sport utility vehicles now come in hybrid models.

My primary means of transportation for the last 12 years has been a motorcycle. Scooters are also a common sight on our roads today. Public transportation is up, even though it doesn't get many of us where we need to be when we need to be there.

Don't tell me that I need to continue to change my driving habits when I am already doing all I can think of to save money at the pump and still be a productive member of society. Mandating even higher gas prices through taxation is no different from offering free beer at AA meetings; it did not work in the '70s and it will not work now.

Sam Fidler