In Idaho, you can get a speeding ticket for violating a maximum limit or the basic speeding rule that requires motorists to always drive at a safe speed. Here’s how these limits work and the penalties you’ll face if you get a speeding ticket.
Idaho’s basic speeding law prohibits driving at a speed that is “greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” In other words—regardless of the posted limit—motorists must always keep it to a safe speed. What a “safe speed” might be just depends on the circumstances—things like weather, visibility, the road surface, and the like.
Idaho’s maximum speed limits are straightforward—if you drive faster than a maximum limit, you’ve broken the law. Here are some of the more common maximum limits in the state:
These limits aren’t applicable if another maximum limit is posted. Also, on certain roadways, motorists are generally allowed to exceed the speed limit by up to 15 miles per hour to pass a vehicle that’s driving slower than the speed limit.
Drivers who are convicted of a speeding violation generally must pay $90 (for one to 15 miles per hour over the limit) or $155 (for 16 or more miles per hour over the limit). However, violations in construction zones will cost the driver $106.50 and violations in school zones carry fines and fees of $156.50.
A speeding violation will also result in the DMV assessing demerit points to the motorist’s driving record.
It’s also worth noting that drivers who successfully fight their speeding ticket won’t have to deal with either of these consequences.
Depending on the circumstances, a speed violation could lead to a reckless driving charge. And if a speeding violation results in the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are a possibility.