Speed Limits

All 50 states base their speed regulations on the Basic Speed Law. "No person shall drive a vehicle.... at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent...and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property."

Speed limits are set by state law or Douglas County Code 10.08

What if I disagree with the posted speed limit?

Please give us as many details as you can about the problems on the road where you are requesting a change. We want to work closely with you to clearly define and address your concerns.

When investigating a traffic problem, we consider not only the vehicle speeds and accident history along the road, but all the road features. These features include the grade, alignment, pavement and shoulder conditions, spacing of intersections, amount and type of traffic, and sight distance (the distance from which the drivers can spot oncoming traffic). Often we can improve driver and pedestrian safety without changing the speed limit.

Posting an appropriate speed limit makes enforcement easier, since most drivers will voluntarily travel at the posted speed. Blatant speeders are spotted easily, safe drivers are not penalized, and patrol officers are not asked to enforce arbitrary or unrealistic speed limits.

Call Douglas County Transportation and Land Services at (509)884-7173 or submit your questions or comments via this link