Traffic Violation:

Understanding Speed Limits

Speed limits in the United States are set by each individual state, but the typical speed limits are:

- 25–30 mph on residential streets

- 35–45 mph on urban arterial roads

- 50–65 mph on major highways inside cities

- 45–65 mph on rural two-lane roads

- 55–70 mph on rural expressways

- 65–75 mph on rural Interstate highways

The highest limits are usually found in the inland West and the lowest limits are usually found in the Northeast, but some limits fall outside these ranges. For example, some two-lane rural roads in Texas have 75 mph speed limits, and there are two stretches of Interstate in West Texas with a daytime 80 mph speed limit for passenger vehicles. However, the highest speed limit posted on Interstates in Hawaii is 60 mph.