Driving within posted speed limits is not all that complicated. Most are 35, 45, 55, or 65 miles per hour. There are exceptions of course, but experienced drivers should know the established speed limit for the roads they travel. If you asked most of us where on those roads the speed is posted, we might have a tough time remembering where the sign was, not just what it said.
Traveling on many roads, the speeds change as you move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Sometimes the speed changes as you enter a town.
However it’s posted, wherever you drive, you are accountable for driving the posted limit. Needless to say, that is not the most adhered-to regulation in the US. Here are some excuses people use when stopped for speeding.
- I was going downhill
- This car is new to me
- That’s how fast everyone was going
- Don’t you allow up to 7 mph over the posted limit?
- I have oversized tires, so my odometer isn’t calibrated. (True, but not a valid excuse)
- I’m wearing new shoes and still getting used to how they feel against the pedals
- I’m low on gas and trying to get to the gas station
- I’m late and in trouble with my spouse
- You never have radar set up here
- My detector was broken
Some of the reasons may get you just a warning. Of course, if you pay attention to the signs and follow their guidance, you don’t have to have an excuse at the ready.
Let’s be careful out there.
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