Speeding Tickets in Alabama
Alabama Points – Fines – Reciprocity and Other Issues
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
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.