In Utah, you can get a speeding ticket for exceeding the presumed maximum speed limit or the basic speed law. Here are how these two different types of speed limits work and the fines and other penalties for a speeding citation.
Utah’s basic speeding law prohibits driving at a “speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions.” The law specifically mentions potential hazards such as crossing a railroad, going around a curve, cresting a hill, traveling on a narrow or winding roadway, bad weather, and passing through areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. However, the bottom line is that drivers must always operate a safe speed, and what’s safe depends on the current conditions.
Utah also has presumed maximum speed limits, including:
The presumed maximum speed limits on state highways and freeways vary but generally can’t exceed 65 or 75 miles per hour.
When a driver gets caught going faster than a presumed maximum speed limit, there’s a presumption that the speed is unsafe. However, the driver might be able to beat the ticket by proving in court that his or her speed was safe given the road and weather conditions at the time and location of the citation. And, depending on the circumstances, the driver could have other viable defenses.
A speeding violation is a traffic infraction in Utah. The consequences of a speeding ticket depend on the circumstances. The fines for a speeding violation are:
A speeding violation will add between 35 and 75 points to the driver’s record.
And depending on the circumstances—including the degree of dangerousness and whether anyone was injured or killed—a speeding violation could also lead to reckless driving or vehicular homicide charges.