Unlike Jack Mason (Readers' Forum, July 23), I firmly believe a lowered speed limit would not only save gasoline costs but also save lives and time spent waiting in traffic while they clean up an accident caused by someone driving too fast.

Mr. Mason speaks of infringement on his freedoms, while at the same time espousing "free enterprise" as a solution to our energy problems. Sorry, but that's what has driven our nation's energy policy for decades. That's why we are in the mess we are today: too many people driving vehicles way beyond their needs and their means at speeds akin to traveling the autobahn.

Jim Schroeder