A brief history of speed limit laws in the United States

Automobiles have been around for over a hundred years and the first speed limit laws followed right behind them.traffic tickets in springfield

Here are some interesting dates in the history of speeding and legal repercussions:

  • 1901 – Connecticut was the first state to enact such a law. 12 mph in city areas and 15 mph on country roads.
  • 1903 – New York introduced the first comprehensive traffic code in the world.
  • 1925 – The New York State legislature passed a law requiring cities to have illuminated signs everywhere that speeds changed on main highways. The impracticality of getting power to all of those signs, over time, led to the invention of the modern reflective limit sign.
  • 1930 – A dozen states still did not have limits on driving speeds.
  • 1954 – The first radar gun, invented by Bryce K. Brown, was used to issue the first measured speeding ticket.
  • 1974 – President Nixon signed a law limiting drivers to 55 mph nationally in response to rising fuel prices.
  • 1987 – Congress allowed states to increase the limits on rural interstates to 65 mph.
  • 1995 – The National Highway System Designation Act overturned the maximum limits, returning control to the individual states.

As vehicles have evolved and with it their capability of higher speeds, limits have adjusted in response.

The purpose of speed limit laws

Much to the speedsters among us chagrin, speeding results in breaking the law. While tickets are a frustrating ordeal due to the cost, the inconvenience, and ramifications such as increased car insurance prices the bottom line is that speeds are limited for a reason. Higher limits come with a greater risk of accidents because reaction times are greatly diminished. The need for the sake of safety to enforce such limits, lead to the invention of the radar gun and patrols that watch and ticket speedsters.

However, there are places in the world that do not have enforced maximum speeds. Over half of Germany’s autobahns are without federally mandated limits!

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