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On this day: 05-21-1901

Connecticut enacts first speed-limit law

On this day in 1901, Connecticut becomes the first state to pass a law regulating motor vehicles, limiting their speed to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads. The path to Connecticut´s 1901 speed limit legislation began when Representative Robert Woodruff submitted a bill to the State General Assembly proposing a motor-vehicles speed limit of 8 mph within city limits and 12 mph outside. The law passed in May 1901 specified higher speed limits but required drivers to slow down upon approaching or passing horse-drawn vehicles, and come to a complete stop if necessary to avoid scaring the animals. On the heels of this landmark legislation, New York City introduced the world´s first comprehensive traffic code in 1903. As late as 1930, a dozen states had no speed limit, while 28 states did not even require a driver´s license to operate a motor vehicle.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1981AMCEagle (4spd I4)18.60021.400
1981AMCEagle (4spd I6)15.30019.800
1981AMCEagle (Auto I6)15.80020.500
1977AMCGremlin X17.90020.800
1976AMCHornet Sportabout18.30020.100
1975AMCPacer14.60019.400
1974AMCGremlin17.80018.800
1974AMCHornet 4dr 258ci15.60019.400
1974AMCHornet 360ci8.50017.000
1974AMCJavelin 304ci11.20017.300
1974AMCMatador 360ci11.80017.900
1974AMCMatador 401ci8.50016.000
1973AMCHornet Hatchback 360ci8.60016.500
1973AMCHornet Sportabout10.70017.100
1973AMCJavelin AMX 401ci7.70015.500
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1971AMCAMX 401ci/330hp 4spd0.00014.800HiPerformance Cars
1971AMCHornet SC/360 360ci/245hp 3spd auto0.00014.800Hot Rod
1971AMCHornet SC/360 360ci/245hp 4spd0.00014.740Car Craft
1970AMCAMX6.50014.700
1970AMCAMX 390ci/325hp 4spd6.50014.680Motor Trend
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1970AMCJavelin SST 390ci/325hp 3spd auto7.60015.110Car Life
1970AMCRebel Machine 390ci/340hp 4spd0.00014.490Hot Rod
1969AMCAMX6.60014.800Car & Driver
1969AMCAMX 390ci/315hp 4spd6.90014.400HiPerformance Cars
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1968AMCAMX6.60014.800Car & Driver
1968AMCJavelin 343ci/280hp 4spd8.10015.400Car Life
1968AMCAMX 390ci/315hp 4spd6.90015.200Motor Trend
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