Dakota shut down a section of a state highway recently to allow
a group of wealthy executives to use it to race their sports cars,
according to a report March 4 in the Black Hills Pioneer.
30 minutes in September, the report said, the 50 executives had
exclusive access, courtesy of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, to
a 1-mile stretch of the highway near Reva in Harding County, a remote
area in the northwestern part of the state. During the event, despite
the presence of patrol officers and a state law specifying that
no vehicle can exceed 65 mph on a state road, no speeding tickets
same law says: "No person may drive a vehicle on a highway
in any race, speed competition or ... exhibition of speed or acceleration."
group had tried to use the runway at a local Air Force base, but
was denied permission. They have previously used highways in Montana,
the Pioneer reported, also with highway patrol escort. A
trip to Wyoming was canceled, however, because Vice President Dick
Cheney frequents the area, causing road and airport closings.
members "are not accustomed to being discommoded in any way,"
Beyond the West Club President Jane Creighton told the newspaper.
"Some of them fly their own planes, jets, in to the event and
it would not go over well with those members to be turned away from
either an airport or restaurant due to the importance of another
person such as the vice president."