Alaska Speeding Laws

Basic Speed Rule:  No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent considering the traffic, roadway and weather conditions.  13 AAC § 02.275

Speed Limits - Automobiles and Trucks

  • 65 MPH on specific sections of either (1) the Alaska interstate or (2) outside of urbanized areas with populations less than 50,000.  These highway sections are determined via engineering and traffic investigations.
  • 25 MPH in a residential area 
  • 20 MPH in a business district
  • 15 MPH in an alley 

Penalty for Exceeding Speed Limit

A first time violator may be:

  • fined not more than $300, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended not more than one month.

Penalty for Reckless Driving

A first time violator may be:

  • fined not more than $1,000,
  • sentenced to jail time of not more than 90 days, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended not more than six months

Alaska Speed Limit Law

Alaska has what is known as an “absolute” speed limit law. There is no trick to how this works: If the sign says 40 mph and you drive 41 mph or more, you have violated the law. In other words, you are guilty if you drive over the speed limit. In Alaska you may be able to make three possible defenses:

  • Attacking the officer’s determination of your speed. To do this you must discover what method the officer used to cite you and then learn about the ways to attack that particular method.
  • Claiming an emergency forced you to exceed the speed limit to avoid serious damage or injury to yourself or others.
  • Claiming that the officer mistook your car for another car. With so many similar-looking cars, it is possible that a cop could see a speeding car, lose sight of it around a corner, and then wrongly pick out your car farther down the road.

Note that in Alaska you can be ticketed for driving at an unsafe speed, even if that speed does not violate the posted limit -- for example, driving exactly at the maximum mph posted limit on the freeway amidst slower and heavy traffic, in a dense fog, or in a driving rainstorm or blizzard.

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