Speed Limit Law and Legal Definition

Speed limit refers to the maximum speed of a vehicle that is legally permitted on a given stretch of road. Speed limits are of two types:

1.maximum speed limit

2.minimum speed limit

In the U.S., speed limits vary from state to state. For example, in California, pursuant to Cal Veh Code § 22352, the prima facie speed limits are as follows:

1. Fifteen miles per hour:

a. When traversing a railway grade crossing,

b. When traversing any intersection of highways,

c. On any alley.

2.Twenty-five miles per hour:

On any highway other than a state highway, in any business or residence district unless a different speed is determined by local authority under procedures set forth in this code.