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Why Not Lower the Speed Limit to Reduce Hazards?
An unrealistically low speed limit can actually lead to crashes. Here's why:
Maine Statutes, Title 29A, Sections 2073 to 2075 deal with unlawful speed. This law states that "a person may not operate a vehicle in excess of maximum speed limits..."
Maine Statutes, Title 29A, Sections 2073 and 2075 authorizes the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation, with the approval of the Chief of the State Police, to set maximum and minimum speed limits on a public way.
Maine Statutes, Title 29A, Section 2074 states that the following are maximum rates of speed, except when conditions or other regulations require a lower speed:
Maine Statutes, Title 29A, Section 2075, states that speed limits may be specifically restricted in a work zone on a public way. A person may not exceed the speed limit as long as the speed limit has been posted on standard black and white speed limit signs on that way. The penalty is a fine equal to twice the normal fine.
Maine law also states that a municipality may not alter, enact, or enforce a regulation contrary to the State statutes. In other words, any town must receive approval of the MDOT and the Chief of the Maine State Police before any speed limit is enacted or altered.
This page last updated on 1/9/13
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