The Nation: Big Brother Is Leading You

For California's motorists heading east to Las Vegas, the gambling often began at San Bernardino, where a 225-mile superhighway starts across the Mojave Desert. The speed limit is 55 m.p.h., but so many drivers chanced dodging the California highway patrol that on holiday weekends an average of 450 persons ended up losers with traffic tickets.

On one recent weekend, the desperate highway patrol put in a new system that was reminiscent of an oldtime cattle drive. During the peak travel hours, 45 "pace cars," each with a large sign reading "It's 55" bolted to...

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