Nevada: Flagged Down By the Feds

Flagged Down By the Feds

In Nevada, where the roads are mostly flat, straight and empty, drivers never did like to poke along. Nevada was the last state to comply with the federally imposed 55-m.p.h. limit in 1975, and last week it was the first to try officially to break it, upping the speed limit to 70 m.p.h. on a short stretch of I-80.

The state legislature hoped that coupling the higher speed limit with a mandatory seat-belt requirement would induce the feds to exempt Nevada from the 55-m.p.h. restriction. No such luck. When the Federal Highway Administration promptly announced a cutoff of road-building funds--including $66...

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