Speeding Tickets in Idaho
Fighting a Speeding Ticket in Idaho
Idaho Points – Fines – Reciprocity and Other Issues
In Idaho, no one shall operate a motor vehicle at an irresponsible and imprudent speed relative to the current driving conditions and potential and actual driving hazards currently existing. In general, the speed limits are as follows; 75 m.p.h. on interstate highways, 65 m.p.h. on state highways, 55 m.p.h. in other locations, and 35 m.p.h. in residential, business or urban districts. The state is entitled to either raise or lower the minimum or maximum speed limits in each of the above mentioned areas, but the state is not entitled to raise the speed limit above 75 m.p.h. on interstate highways and is not allowed to raise the speed limit above 65 m.p.h. on state highways. A local county, city, township, or other local government may also increase or decrease the speed limit. However, they man only do so within their own jurisdiction and may only do so if their speed limit does not conflict with national ordinances and may not raise or lower interstate highway speed limits. These local governments can however, initiate maximum speed limits for public parks. Local governments are permitted to not lower the part of a state highway that travels through its jurisdiction.
There is also a minimum speed law in Idaho. It is also a traffic violation in Idaho to operate a motor vehicle at a speed that is so slow that it constitutes an unsafe impediment in the regular movement of traffic.
Absolute Speed Limits in Idaho
Absolute speed limits are limits that are enforced strictly on the posted speed limit and which need no evidence other than the evidence of a driver speeding (by at least 1 m.p.h.). Absolute speed limit laws are the speed limits that are posted on speed limits signs at various locations along the side of the road. As stated, the driver is strictly liable for speeding if he or she is traveling at a speed faster than the posted speed limit unless he or she has a reason for traveling at that speed that the state recognizes. In Idaho, the maximum speed limit for cars while traveling on an interstate highway is 75 m.p.h. While traveling on a state highway, the maximum speed a car may be traveling is 65 m.p.h. In other areas the speed limit may be 55 m.p.h. and in residential areas the maximum speed limit that a car may be traveling is 35 m.p.h.
Presumed Speed Limits in Idaho
Presumed speed limits place the burden of proof on the speed-limit-breaking driver to prove to the state that he or she was driving at a safe speed even though he or she was breaking the speed limit. A presumed speed limit simply relates to the speed of the flow of traffic and/or weather conditions at the time of the speeding violation. For example, if the flow of traffic is traveling at 75 m.p.h. and a driver is traveling at 50 m.p.h. then that driver can be said to be breaking the presumed traffic law at the time. Another example; if the weather conditions are harsh, then traveling at or slightly below the absolute speed limit may be unsafe and be an offense. Idaho’s presumed speeding law states that, “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.”