Ask HPD: Is it okay to speed in order to keep up with the flow of traffic?

Question: If cars on the freeway are traveling faster than the speed limit, am I supposed to keep up with the flow of traffic? Can I be cited for speeding?

Answer: It is important to follow traffic signs on all roadways. Drivers can be cited for traveling at a speed greater than the maximum speed limit. They can also be cited for traveling a speed less than the minimum speed limit. The driver may have to pay a fine or appear in court.


ROH Sec. 15-7.2 Speed limit zones

§291C-102 Noncompliance with speed limit prohibited.
(a) A person violates this section if the person drives:

(1) A motor vehicle at a speed greater than the maximum speed limit other than provided in section 291C‑105; or
(2) A motor vehicle at a speed less than the minimum speed limit, where the maximum or minimum speed limit is established by county ordinance or by official signs placed by the director of transportation on highways under the director’s jurisdiction.

(b) If the maximum speed limit is exceeded by more than ten miles per hour, a surcharge of $10 shall be imposed, in addition to any other penalties, and shall be deposited into the neurotrauma special fund. [L 1971, c 150, pt of §1; am L 1984, c 273, §8; gen ch 1985; am L 2002, c 160, §10; am L 2004, c 102, §2; am L 2006, c 129, §3]

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