Rock Legend: Albany’s ‘Northway’ Speed Limit Inspired ’80s Hit
Post my face wanted dead or alive
Take my license, all that jive
I can't drive 55!"
Sammy Hagar claims that he was traveling through Albany when he got the speeding ticket that inspired his '80s hit "I Can't Drive 55!"
How'd your commute go today? Was it chock full of gridlock, reckless drivers, and a little bit of road rage? Living in the Capital Region and complaining about traffic is just a way of life, especially traveling the Northway. Whether it's bumper-to-bumper or having a moron pass you like you're standing still, it's usually quite the adventure.
Interesting to note that it's not just locals who love to complain about our traffic and roads. Rock legend and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar said in an interview that while passing through Albany in the '80s, he was pulled over for driving 62 in a 55 thinking that the speed limit on the highway was actually 65 MPH. Props to Sammy Hagar, btw, for actually going 3 MPH under the speed limit at 2 a.m.