• Alabama Speeding Ticket Laws

    Speeding Tickets in Alabama

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    Fighting a Speeding Ticket in Alabama
    Speeding/Traffic Stop Procedures in Alabama

    Absolute Posted Limit in Alabama

    In Alabama, posted speed limits represent the absolute maximum speed at which an individual may drive. Driving faster than the posted speed limit is automatically a violation of the law, and it does not matter whether the driver knew the speed limit. Those limits, unless otherwise posted, are as follows:

    • Interstates – 70 MPH (This includes the future I-22 also known as Corridor X linking Alabama and Mississippi);
    • State highways with four or more lanes – 65 MPH where posted
    • Other highways and roads – 55 MPH
    • Country paved roads – 45 MPH
    • Unpaved roads – 35 MPH
    • “Urban District” Roads – 30 MPH
    In addition to these maximum speed limits, the State of Alabama has given authority to local (town/city) officials to post greater or lesser speed limits where they deem appropriate. Although local governments have discretion to post different limits, those limits cannot exceed the maximum speed limit stated above. Other special maximum speeds limits may also be established for bridges. Upon inspection, local authorities or the state may set an absolute maximum speed for drivers based on the speed the bridge structure can safely sustain. Finally, the state may post alternative speed limits for construction and school zones, and that becomes the new absolute maximum speed in that zone. If no speed is posted, then the limit is 15 MPH between construction warning signs. Additionally, Alabama permits the establishment of minimum speed limits. Unless circumstances warrant, you cannot go below this minimum speed limit on that road (usually on interstates).

    Reasonable Speed (Presumed Speed Limits) in Alabama

    Exceptions to the absolute posted speed limit are if there are exigent circumstances such as a dire emergency, inclement weather, or other hazards. These cases fall under a different statutory authority (i.e. different law) in Alabama, which states: “No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing” (AL 32-5A-170). In addition to bad weather such as snow, or rain, Alabama also takes into consideration other hazards in determining a reasonable speed such as intersections, railroad crossings, hills, curves, narrow or winding roads, and places where pedestrians are present. In the case of such circumstances, the police officer will be given wide latitude to use his/her discretion at what is a reasonable speed.

    Speed Traps and Radar Detectors in Alabama

    Alabama does not have any law prohibiting speed traps. Getting caught via a speed trap is not a valid defense to a speeding violation. The court will not be sympathetic to claims of speed traps. However, it is legal to operate and own radar and laser detectors. It is illegal to use these devices on any federal property, such as on military bases. It is also illegal to own or operate radar jammers.
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