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When Montana Refused to Have a Speed Limit

How Much of Your Life Is Over-Regulated?

Tom Egelhoff
4 min readMay 1, 2023


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I often talk about the five great inventions man has produced. Those five are the automobile, flight, electricity, telephone, radio, and TV.

How many of these great inventions are regulated or controlled by the government?

Answer: All of them.

Definition of Regulation

One definition of regulation is, “Regulation creates, limits, constrains a right, creates or limits a duty, or allocates a responsibility.”

Another definition from is “a law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority, especially to regulate conduct.”

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), “Federal Regulations Take $1.8 Trillion Bite Out of US Economy,” in 2014. Imagine how much that is today.

That’s a pretty big bite. Are all those regulations necessary?

For a time, Montana had no speed limit. Was it the end of the world?

In 1974 during the oil embargo, President Nixon imposed a 55 MPH speed limit, so Montana came up with a $5 fine if the Montana…



Tom Egelhoff

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