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What Happens When the Speed Limit Wasn’t Posted in New York?


What Happens When the Speed Limit Wasn’t Posted in New York?

Did you get a speeding ticket in an area where you saw no posted speed limit at all? Many areas exist where speed limits are not posted, and while many GPS programs now offer insight into local speed limits, you can’t always look at this information and it isn’t always available. 

Yet there are laws surrounding unposted speed limits. It’s your responsibility to know the minimum and maximum speeds on various types of roadways. Telling a police officer there was no posted speed limit will not get you out of a speeding ticket and will often serve as evidence against you. 

On Expressways

If you don’t see a speed limit on the expressway then you should assume the minimum speed is 45 miles per hour and the speed limit is 55 miles per hour. If you see a work zone you should drop this by another ten miles per hour if you see no other signage. 

This isn’t an arbitrary number. This is the default state speed limit. 

In the City

In New York City the maximum speed in unposted speed zones is 25 miles per hour. While the traffic will often mean you will move even slower, it’s worth knowing!

On Residential Streets and Roadways

In Goshen, Monroe, Woodbury and the other towns that our firm serves, the speed limit is 25 miles per hours in unposted zones, especially on residential streets. 

If you’re in a school zone you should slow down to 15 miles per hour if you see no other guidance.

When Conditions Are Hazardous

Any time ice, snow, or heavy rain are coming down you’re working under hazardous conditions, and driving too fast can get you pulled over for reckless driving, or for failure to drive at a speed that is “reasonable and prudent under the conditions.” 

Slowing down keeps you and other drivers safe. As with work zones, we’d recommend slowing down by at least 10 miles per hour below what you’d normally go, or slow down even more if it seems reasonable to do so. You might even pull over to wait out the storm if you lose visibility or see too many cars sliding off the road. Sometimes stopping is the right option. 

Get Help With Your Speeding Ticket Today

It is rarely advantageous to simply plead guilty for a speeding ticket. Our firm can help you reduce or avoid yours. Keep points off your license and keep your insurance rates low. Call us first. 

See also:

What Happens When You Speed in a Work Zone in New York?

Where Can I Take the NY Traffic Safety Courses? 

What Goes Wrong When People Try to Fight Traffic Tickets on Their Own

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