New York Speeding – Don’t Get Caught Below The Speed Limit

A New York driver must drive at a “reasonable and prudent speed” and reduce his or her speed below the posted speed limit when necessary to do so. Notwithstanding the posted speed limit, you still must drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent (VTL 1180(a)). Therefore, even if the posted speed limit is 65 mph, you must nevertheless reduce your speed if say for example, it is raining or foggy. Furthermore, you must also reduce your speed at a railroad crossing, when approaching and crossing an intersection, when you go over the crest of a hill, on winding roads, when a special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or if weather or highway conditions require a reduced speed (See VTL 1180(c)). These statutes have been held constitutional. See People v. Lewis, 13 N.Y.2d 180, 245 N.Y.S.2d 1, 194 N.E.2d 831 (1963); People v. Nappi, 18 N.Y.2d 136, 272 N.Y.S.2d 347 (1966).

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