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Old 05-20-2014, 07:01 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Actually the Va no coasting law was passed in the 1930s. Plymouth came out with a car with freewheeling around 1935, a one way clutch that could not be engaged or disengaged unless the car was stopped. After a few drivers, unaware of the nasty downhill portions of several routes through the mountains, like US 50 and I think 33, ran off the mountain and some were killed the law was passed making the use of the freewheeling capability illegal.

Modern brakes are much better and probably could prevent the same thing from happening, but I almost got killed in a head on when the oncoming Subaru flew into my lane, barely going over the gaurd rail himself and dropping off an 800 foot, very steep cliff.

Few cops know about the law anymore and I have not heard of it being enforced any time in recent years.

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