A Nevada gubernatorial candidate has come up with a way to fill the state’s depleted treasury, partly at the expense of out-of-state visitors (of course):
Nonpartisan candidate Eugene “Gino” DiSimone believes people would pay for the privilege to drive up to 90 mph on designated highways.
First, vehicles would have to pass a safety inspection. Then vehicle information would be loaded into a database, and motorists would purchase a transponder.
After setting up an account, anyone in a hurry could dial in, and for $25 charged to a credit card, be free to speed for 24 hours.
DiSimone thinks this could bring in $1 billion a year.
I’m not so sure. Last time I was in Nevada admittedly, 22 years ago highway traffic was moving at close to 85 mph already. The ability to go 90 with presumed impunity is no big deal if you’re not likely to be busted for 84.
Which means that for this privilege to mean anything, it will have to be more substantial, and priced higher: say, $50 for 110 mph. And at that level, there will be complaints: not just the usual whines of the Safestaffel, but grumbles about discrimination, inasmuch as not everyone’s motor vehicle will do 110, and it’s just not fair, you know?
It occurs to me that this might go over well in New Jersey, perhaps by evoking the memory of Chuck Berry and “You Can’t Catch Me.” Based on the hours I’ve spent on the New Jersey Turnpike, however, an easier sell might be a license to shoot at beach traffic.
(Via The Truth About Cars.)