Highway designers and municipalities have set speed limits on many of the roads and highways we travel on every day. These limits are designed to help ensure that drivers maintain control of their cars and avoid accidents. In most cases, exceeding these speed limits can lead to speeding tickets and other penalties. Let’s discuss this situation and explain how they can save lives.
A number of drivers take the speed limits for granted and feel they should be able to drive in a manner they feel is safe and acceptable. However a great deal of study and consideration usually goes into the decision to set a particular speed limit.
It is much more than just the road itself. For example while it is generally acknowledged that one can drive faster on a straight road rather than a curvy one, other factors play a vital role in how speed limits are set.
For example the straight road may have a lot of stop and go traffic and many other sources of congestion. In this case it is generally very important for drivers to stay in a more modest speed in order better react and possibly avoid problems encountered.
For example a more heavily traveled roadway can have many cars pulling in and out of traffic. If you are traveling too fast, you may not be able to react to another driver who pulls out into traffic when he/she should not have done so.
In any case most roadways to have established speed limits and they are designed for drivers to adhere to them. In other words, these limits should not be exceeded or the drivers could be subject to penalties if they are caught doing so.
Law enforcement personnel are typically the ones who monitor this situation. There are a variety of tools they can use to monitor if drivers are staying within prescribed speed limits. Radar guns are a very common and popular way in which law enforcement officials can determine if drivers are staying within the prescribed speed limits.
These “guns” can measure the speed at which a moving car is traveling. The technology has evolved over the years and they do a very good job of monitoring and measuring the operating speeds of vehicles.
If a driver is caught exceeding the posted speed limits, they law enforcement personnel normally issues speeding tickets. Depending on the severity of the offense, the driver may have to pay a fine which can vary from fifty to over five hundred dollars.
These fines are designed to deter drivers from speeding and creating an unsafe situation. For extreme situations, the driver may even be subject to license suspension or even jail penalties.
Speeding tickets are certainly nothing that drivers want to deal with. The simplest solution to do so is to stay within the prescribed speed limits and operate your vehicle in a safe and responsible manner.