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The speed limit on a given road in the state of New Jersey depends heavily on the environment of the road itself. New Jersey recognizes absolute speed limits and presumed speed limits. The New Jersey presumed speed limit statute states that “The driver of every vehicle shall . . . drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.” The presumed speed limit statute acknowledges that there may be occasions when driving at the speed limit may be inconsistent with the state’s policy of safe driving and that motorists should travel below the posted speed limit and may even be ticketed when driving below the limit if their rate of speed is still unsafe under the conditions.
The state of New Jersey has varying absolute speed limits according to the environment of the road When a motor vehicle passes through a school during recess, when children are clearly visible from the road, or during opening and closing hours of the school, when the children are going to school or returning home, a driver may not drive in excess of twenty-five miles per hour. The maximum rate of speed one may drive in a business or residential district is twenty-five miles per hour. The maximum rate of speed the driver of a motor vehicle may drive in a suburban business or residential district is thirty-five miles per hour. For all other locations, the speed limit in the state of New Jersey is set at fifty miles per hour, except as provided in the Sixty-Five MPH Speed Limit Implementation Act. Pursuant to the act, on certain public highways in New Jersey, the established speed limit is sixty-five miles per hour. These highways are selected at the discretion of the Commissioner of Transportation. If a motorist is caught speeding in a 65mph speed limit zone, the resulting fine will be doubled. However, the New Jersey legislature has explicitly granted the Commissioner of Transportation and/or local municipal authorities to set alternative speed limits in their jurisdictions after an engineering and traffic investigation is done analyzing the impact of the proposed speed change. Thus, it is possible to encounter absolute speed limits in the state of New Jersey that are not twenty-five, thirty-five, fifty or sixty-five miles per hour. New Jersey does not have separate speed limits that apply to commercial vehicles.
In addition to the prohibition against speeding, New Jersey law also prohibits driving excessively slowly on the roadways. Except when environmental conditions otherwise demand or when necessary to comply with the law, it is unlawful for a motorist to drive at such a slow speed that he or she blocks or impedes the normal, reasonable flow of traffic.