“I can’t drive 55!” said Sammy Hagar. He was right — nobody could.
The 55 MPH Speed Limit was a national disaster. It was designed to save lives and save fuel, but it did neither. Enacted in 1973 it was finally repealed 22 years later. As President, Jimmy Carter began the practice of withholding federal highway funds for states that refused to comply.
The law was damaging to western states in particular where motorists had to drive long distances between cities.