Knowing the Law Is the Best Way To Avoid Speeding Tickets (And Accidents!)
Speed limits exist to keep motorists and pedestrians safe. Because different roads and routes have different hazards, the posted speed limits vary significantly. In Colorado, ignorance of the law is no defense, and it is incumbent upon all motorists to know the law and obey the speed limit at all times. If an accident occurs and you’re the one who was speeding, you will end up with the ticket, the court date, and most likely, the liability for any injuries or property damage attributed to your lead foot.
Speed Limits in Colorado
- Narrow mountain highways, winding roads, and blind curves – 20 MPH
- School zones – 20 MPH
- Business districts – 25 MPH
- Residential areas – 30 MPH
- Mountain highways – 40 MPH
- Open highways (not interstates) 55 MPH
- Interstate highways/freeways/expressways – 65 MPH
- The absolute speed limit on highways – 75 MPH
Double the Speed, Double the Danger
Fines are doubled in school and construction zones, and if you get a ticket in these places, don’t expect the court to show any leniency. Further, if you are traveling between 10 to 19 MPH over the speed limit, you may face additional fines and penalties. The reason for this is because numerous studies have linked higher speeds in school zones and work zones (indeed, anywhere on the road!) with a significantly greater risk of injury and death.
Slow Down for Weather
Just because the sign says you can drive 75 doesn’t mean you should drive 75. Always slow down when inclement weather is in the forecast or when road surfaces aren’t stable and reliable. It takes just a few millimeters of water beneath a tire to hydroplane, and a vehicle on ice can take significantly longer to bring to a safe, complete stop. Take the time to adjust your speed to take into account the road, weather, and traffic. Yes, you may arrive a little later at your destination, but you will still arrive sooner than if you are involved in an accident.
We love to keep our clients safe from speed-related accidents. For more information about Colorado statutes and speeding laws, contact Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144. It’s our pleasure to tell you more about the ways you can stay safe while navigating I-25, I-70, US 287, or any of the other roads across the region.
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