Speed Limit Questions? Here’s Your Answer, July 6, 2005

(2005) Speed Limit Questions? Here’s Your Answer, July 6, 2005. Transportation, Department of


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Iowa’s speed regulations are based on the same basic speed law that is used in all 50 states: “Any person driving a motor vehicle on a highway shall drive the same at a careful and prudent speed not greater than nor less than is reasonable and proper, having due regard to the traffic, surface, and width of the highway and of any other conditions then existing, and no person shall drive any vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than will permit the person to bring it to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead, such driver having the right to assume, however, that all persons using said highway will observe the law.” Statutory limits are based on the concept that uniform categories of highways can be traveled safely at certain preset maximum speeds under ideal conditions. Whether the speed limit is posted or unposted, drivers should reduce their speed below these values in poor weather, heavy traffic, and under other potentially hazardous conditions.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Speed Limits, Iowa, Highways
Subjects: Transportation > Traffic safety
Transportation > Roads and highways
ID Code: 7490
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2009 19:36
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2009 19:36
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/7490