Obama’s cars set the pace for speeding drivers on country road


The unmarked six-vehicle convoy was missing Obama, who flew in later that day to attend a rally for Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), but at speeds topping 20 mph over the limit of 60 mph, the black cars hauling down the four-lane road clearly looked like good “cover” to drivers.

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Such a scene would be unimaginable in downtown Washington, where residents recognize black Secret Service SUVs and leave a wide berth for them on the city streets.

But 90 miles south of the nation’s capital, there was no such deference. As the convoy neared Charlottesville at about 2:30 p.m. on a clear fall day, a dozen cars could be seen speeding at the Secret Service-set “pace,” never passing the SUVs, but occasionally switching lanes to stay close to them.