Oklahoma’s Speeding Laws and Penalties

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

Oklahoma 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 article that discusses the different types of speeding laws.)

Basic Speeding Law

Oklahoma’s basic speeding law requires all motorist to drive “at a careful and prudent speed not greater than nor less than is reasonable and proper, having due regard to the traffic, surface and width of the highway and any other conditions then existing.” The law also prohibits driving “at a speed greater than will permit the driver to bring it to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead.” 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.

(Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 47, § 11-801 (2017).)

Absolute Speed Limits

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

  • 25 miles per hour in most school zones
  • 35 miles per hour on highways in state parks and wildlife refuges, and
  • 55 miles per hour on most county roads.

(Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 47, § 11-801 (2017).)

Penalties for a Speeding Ticket

Speeding violations are punishable by a fine, jail time, or both. The maximum possible jail time is generally ten days for a first offense, 20 days for a second offense within a year, and six months for a third or subsequent offense within a year. The fines—which typically depend on the amount by which the driver exceeded the speed limit—are as follows:

  • 1 to 10 miles per hour over the limit. $10 fine.
  • 11 to 15 miles per hour over the limit. $20 fine.
  • 16 to 20 miles per hour over the limit. $35 fine.
  • 21 to 25 miles per hour over the limit. $75 fine.
  • 26 to 30 miles per hour over the limit. $135 fine.
  • 31 to 35 miles per hour over the limit. $155 fine.
  • 36 miles per hour or more over the limit. $205 fine.

(Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 47, § 11-801 (2017).)

Reckless Driving

Drivers who speed and drive in a “careless or wanton manner” can be convicted of “reckless driving.” A standard first offense carries five to 90 days in jail and/or $100 to $500 in fines. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 47, § 11-901 (2017).) 

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

Point System

Depending on the circumstances, a speeding violation can also add points to the motorist’s driving record. Accumulating ten or more points within five years leads to license suspension.

(Find out about Oklahoma’s traffic violation points system, including the number of points corresponding to different citations.)

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