Video Review: Sammy Hagar “I Can’t Drive 55”

Sammy Hagar switches gears as he drives around the track. He presses on the brakes with both feet, skidding backwards. He takes off his helmet and comments to his mechanic, Claudio, that “this thing is running great. It’s so smooth in the curves.” He asks Claudio how he fixed it. Claudio responds that he corrected the tire pressure. “What a difference!” he exclaims. He tells his band mates to leave the car alone. He’s going back home with it. He peels out of the track as his band mates follow behind him in a pick-up truck.

On the road, he attempts to pass his bandmates twice. However, each time another car is on the other side. He hits the steering wheel with his fists. During the third time, he swerves to avoid smashing into the police car. He shouts at the police officer he can’t control his car. The police officer ignores him as he walks with his back turned to Hagar. The police officer arrests him.

At his trial, he squirms once he sees the judge. His band mates watch from their seats. He hears his counts and his eyes bulge out. The jury gasps. He clutches his throat while the judge lectures him. The police officers drag him away. His band mates protest the charges and Hagar loosens himself from the officers’ grasp. He joins in the protest. The judge hides under his seat while Hagar plays guitar on the bench. A fight breaks out in the court room. He leaps over the judge. A senior citizen juror knocks him out with her cane.

Hagar is dragged away again and locked in jail with his band mates. He shouts and breaks free from the jail.

Hagar speeds down the same road and evades the police.

Rating: 4.5/5

No jury could convict Sammy Hagar. His first trial was hung. Newspapers began discussing possible car safety issues. Some people protested at the courthouse, asking him to be freed. The police officers were vilified in the media. The state tried again. As he answered the prosecutor’s questions, he saw the jurors nod. His band mates sat in jail for a few days after yelling in court. The judge held them in contempt. The jurors exchanged glances while the judge threw them out. The judge had gone too far.

The jury found him not guilty. In the news stories, they stated they have dealt with car issues and paid trumped-up tickets. Hagar was speeding, they noted, however, the police officers weren’t in any danger. He said what they all wanted to say to a police officer who stopped them for a minor citation.

A few days later, Hagar traveled down the road and cheered to himself as he saw the new signs, stating there was no speed limit. The automotive companies were recalling their cars to fix the gears. The police officers let him go, knowing he was the one with the true power. He was able to fight them and win.

Director: Gil Bettman Year: 1984

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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