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Absolute Speed Limits in Missouri
Missouri is an absolute speed limit state. This means that just one mile an hour over the posted speed limit can result in an infraction. However, a violation of the Basic Speed Rule is not considered to have happened until 5 mph over the posted speed limit, when the violation becomes a misdemeanor rather than an infraction.
The posted speed limits for the State of Missouri are as follows:
- Maximum possible in the state: 70 mph
- 65 MPH on rural expressways.
- 60 MPH on urban interstate highways, expressways and freeways.
- 60 MPH on other roads, except State two-lane "lettered" roads, not located in an urban area.
- 55 MPH on State two-lane "lettered" roads.
Missouri also has a minimum speed limit for interstate highways and it is 40 mph.
Presumed Speed Limits in Missouri
Aside from the posted speed limits, Missouri has a presumed speed limit guideline in its statutes. The statute reads, [a] person shall operate a motor vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.
Along with its minimum speed requirement, Missouri State law states that [n]o person shall operate a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
It is also illegal to drive below the speed of normal traffic on a multi-lane road unless one is driving in the rightmost lane.
Speed Limit for Commercial Vehicles in Missouri
Missouri has a different maximum speed limit of 60 mph, unless otherwise specified by law, for commercial vehicles and trucks weighing more than 24,000 lbs.
Temporarily exceeding the speed limit to pass
Passing on the left is permitted in Missouri, as is passing on the right under specific conditions. However, increased speed in order to clear the vehicle being passed is not permitted and increasing ones speed in order to pass may violate in a speeding infraction.
The Speeding Charge
In Missouri, speeding is a strict liability offense. This means that one is guilty of speeding regardless of whether he or she had the intent to speed. As such, the only element of the charge of speeding that needs to be proven is the actual act of speeding. This means that the officer or prosecutor must show that you were driving in excess of the speed limit, that you were actually the driver, that the vehicle cited is the vehicle in which you were driving, and that the speed you were travelling was not careful or prudent.