Minnesota Speeding Laws

Basic Speed Law: No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions. Every driver is responsible for becoming and remaining aware of the actual and potential hazards then existing on the highway and must use due care in operating a motor vehicle. (Minn. Stat. Ann.§ 169.14 (2017).)

Penalty for Exceeding Speed Limit

A first time violator may be:

  • fined not more than $200, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended not more than one year.

Penalty for Reckless Driving

Minnesota defines "reckless driving" as driving:

  • while aware of but consciously disregarding a “substantial and unjustifiable risk that the driving may result in harm to another or another’s property,” or
  • in a street race.

Generally, a conviction carries up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines. (Minn. Stat. Ann. §§ 169.13(1), 609.02, 609.0341 (2017).)

(Read more about Minnesota's reckless driving laws and penalties.)

Speed Limits

  • 65 miles per hour on highways during the daytime
  • 55 miles per hour on highways during the nighttime
  • 30 miles per hour in an urban district or town road in a rural residential district
  • 25 miles per hour on residential roadways
  • 10 miles per hour in alleys
  • 10 to 30 miles per hour in manufactured home parks
  • 10 miles per hour in recreational camping areas  


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