Indiana’s Speeding Laws and Penalties

Read about Indiana’s speeding laws and the consequences of getting a speeding ticket.

Indiana has two types of speeding laws: a “basic speeding law” and “absolute limits.” This article explains the differences between the two and the consequences of a speeding violation.

(Also, check out our articles that discuss the different types of speeding laws and ways of fighting a speeding ticket.)

Basic Speeding Law

Indiana’s basic speeding law prohibits driving at a speed “greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions, having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” In other words, motorists must always drive at a safe speed. What a safe speed is will depend on the circumstances. For instance, 55 miles per hour might be safe on a bright, sunny day. But if it’s dark and the road is icy, going 55 miles per hour could be dangerous and a violation of the basic speeding law.

(Ind. Code Ann. §§ 9-21-5-1, 9-21-5-4 (2017).)

Absolute Speed Limits

There is no trick to how Indiana’s absolute speed limits work: If the absolute speed limit is 50 miles per hour and you drive faster than that, you’ve violated the law. Indiana’s absolute speed limits include (unless otherwise posted):

  • 15 miles per hour in alleys
  • 30 miles per hour in urban districts
  • 25 miles per hour in residential districts
  • 60 miles per hour on most divided state highways that have four or more lanes and are located outside urban areas
  • 65 miles per hour on highways that are the responsibility of the Indiana finance authority, and
  • 70 miles per hour on most interstate highways.

(Ind. Code Ann. § 9-21-5-2 (2017).)

Penalties for a Speeding Ticket

Generally, speeding is a class C infraction. Fines for a violation vary by locality, but typically, a speeding ticket will cost the driver between $100 and $200 (including the fine and court costs). However, citations for speeding in a construction zone can be substantially more expensive.

(Ind. Code Ann. §§ 9-21-5-1, 9-21-5-2, 9-21-5-4, 34-28-5-4 (2017).)

Reckless Driving

Depending on the circumstances, a speeding violation can lead to a “reckless driving” conviction. A reckless driving offense that’s based on driving too fast or slow is a class C misdemeanor and carries up to 60 days in jail and a maximum $500 in fines. (Ind. Code Ann. §§ 9-21-8-52, 35-50-3-4 (2017).)

(Read more about Indiana’s reckless driving laws and penalties.)

Traffic Violation Points

A speeding ticket will typically add two to six points to a motorist’s driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to license suspension. (140 Ind. Admin. Code 1-4.5-4, 1-4.5-10 (2017).)

(Learn more about Indiana’s traffic violation point system.)

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