Florida Speeding Laws

Basic Speed Law. No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards than existing.  FLA. § 316.183(1) & (4)

Penalty for Exceeding Speed Limit

A first time violator may be:

  • fined between $25 and $250, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended not more than 30 days.

Penalty for Reckless Driving

A first time violator may be:

  • fined between $25 to $500,
  • sentenced to jail time of not more than 90 days, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended 30 days.

Speed Limits

  • 70 MPH on limited access highways/interstates
  • 65 MPH on urban interstates
  • 55 MPH in all locations except as noted
  • 30 MPH in business and residence districts 

Florida Speeding Laws

Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida 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.

Point System

A person's license is suspended respectively for either (1) not more than 30 days, (2) not more than 3 months or (3) not more than 1 year if they accumulate either (1) 12 points within 12 months, (2) 18 points within 18 months or (3) 24 points within 36 months. The following points are assessed for speed related moving traffic violations:  (1) 3 points for exceeding the speed limit by less than 15 MPH; (2) 4 points for exceeding the speed limit by less than 15 MPH; (3) 6 points for unlawful speed  that results in an accident; (4) 4 points for reckless driving; (5) 3 points for careless driving; (6) 3 points for racing on the highways; (7) 3 points for any other moving violation; and, (8) 4 points for a non-speed related moving violation that results in an accident. Learn more about the point system in Florida.

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