If you were unaware, Alex Roy and co-driver David Maher crossed the continental U.S. in 31 hours, 4 minutes. They did it in an E39 BMW M5 that had more electronics gear than a twin-engine Cessna. Some have called the two irresponsible. Now, they're coming clean about road-trip safety.

On his road-trip show "Live and Let Drive," Roy — whose book The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World chronicles the record-setting run — confronts his reckless past, as he and Maher discuss long-distance driving, with an emphasis on speed, safety and not getting caught.

Naturally, some drivers, law enforcement personnel and just plain citizens think the whole premise of flagrant speed-limit disobedience is repellent. And yet, drive a steady 65 mph on any interstate highway in America, at any time of day, and you'll run out of fingers before running out of scofflaws to count on them.

Either way, Roy and crew also demo some of the cops' favorite slowdown gear, including radar and laser guns. Outlaw recklessness, or public service? You be the judge.