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FLASHBACK 1987: Mississippi speed limit raised to 65

Workers change a speed-limit sign in 1987 (Source: WLBT) Workers change a speed-limit sign in 1987 (Source: WLBT)
Workers change a speed-limit sign in 1987 (Source: WLBT) Workers change a speed-limit sign in 1987 (Source: WLBT)
Workers change a speed-limit sign in 1987 (Source: WLBT) Workers change a speed-limit sign in 1987 (Source: WLBT)
"Speed Limit 55" sign waiting to be updated in 1987 (Source: WLBT) "Speed Limit 55" sign waiting to be updated in 1987 (Source: WLBT)

FLASHBACK to APRIL 14, 1987: Thirteen years after the energy crisis prompted a nationwide speed limit of 55 miles per hour, the speed limit on Mississippi highways is raised to 65. Crews from the Mississippi Department of Transportation fanned out across the state to apply new heavy-duty "65" decals on existing speed-limit signs.

The national speed limit had been set at 55 in 1974 to conserve energy. When the limit was raised to 65 at the national level, it applied only to Interstate highways in rural areas at first. It was a major change for drivers, most of whom did not obey the 55 limit anyway.

It would be another nine years before the national limit was abolished altogether, giving states the freedom to set their own limits. At that point, Mississippi raised its limit to 70.

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