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Old 10-12-2017, 09:31 PM
 
Location: 406
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Even with the high speed limit (in fact at the time, there was no daytime speed limit in Montana!!) I could have gone from Maryland to Maine and seven states in between in the same amount of time.
I miss the 90s.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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You'd have to be feeling a little adventurous to bypass 25 going north and 90 going north/northwest if the Denver area were a starting point en route to Northern ID. Who has that kind of time...
True, and believe me I have done it! I-25 north to Cheyenne, west on I-80 to Wyoming Hwy 30 just west of "Little America", Hwy 30 up to Montpelier, Idaho, connect with I-15 up through East Idaho and Western Montana connecting with I-90 at Butte. Interesting trip, but much lengthier, with much more 2-lane highway travel.

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Old 10-12-2017, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I miss the 90s.
Yeah, the courts ruled in 1998 the "reasonable and prudent" speed law in Montana was too vague, so a 75 limit was imposed, later increased to 80.

The interesting thing about this so-called "open speed law" was that cops could stop you if they felt you were not being reasonable, but in most cases you just slipped the cop a 10 or 20 dollar bill and you were free to go. This isn't fiction...I have heard it from multiple sources! The wild west.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Big sky, mountains, and open plains.
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:24 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Great scenery and wide open spaces. And after growing up there, overrated.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:03 AM
 
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Yeah, the courts ruled in 1998 the "reasonable and prudent" speed law in Montana was too vague, so a 75 limit was imposed, later increased to 80.

The interesting thing about this so-called "open speed law" was that cops could stop you if they felt you were not being reasonable, but in most cases you just slipped the cop a 10 or 20 dollar bill and you were free to go. This isn't fiction...I have heard it from multiple sources! The wild west.
I heard the same thing; pay the cop on the spot, and the fine would not even go on your insurance record. I heard too the insurance companies were a big influence in getting the "reasonable and prudent" speed limit abolished; no big surprise if that's the case.
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Dental floss

1000 cool points to anyone who gets the reference.
My dad gave me that tape (yes, cassette tape) when I told him I was moving to Montana.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:50 AM
 
Location: 406
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Yeah, the courts ruled in 1998 the "reasonable and prudent" speed law in Montana was too vague, so a 75 limit was imposed, later increased to 80.

The interesting thing about this so-called "open speed law" was that cops could stop you if they felt you were not being reasonable, but in most cases you just slipped the cop a 10 or 20 dollar bill and you were free to go. This isn't fiction...I have heard it from multiple sources! The wild west.
I remember the MT Supreme Court having heard a case involving a man who, as a professional race car driver (if I remember this correctly), believed that it was reasonable and prudent for himself to drive up to 120 mph on the interstate. He contested his subsequent moving violations up to the highest court in the state and won, and that ultimately burdened the legislature (and empowered special interests) with imposing a set speed limit in 1999.

Even before 1995 when the federal speed limit was set at 55, a speed violation on MT interstates resulted in a "conservation citation" that imposed a $5 fine payable on the spot. If you found yourself in court, then either the officer was having a bad day or you really were just being an idiot.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Manhattan Beach
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All I think of when I think of this state is the government official assaulting that kind reporter. I also think of boredom.
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Old 10-14-2017, 04:48 AM
 
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Glacier National Park
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