Wyoming Speeding Tickets

Read about Wyoming’s speeding laws and the costs of getting a speeding ticket.

Wyoming has two types of speeding laws: “absolute limits” and a “basic speeding law.” 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.)

Absolute Speed Limits

There's nothing complicated about how Wyoming’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. Wyoming’s absolute speed limits include (unless otherwise posted):

  • 20 miles per hour when passing a school building (with signs indicating reduced speed zone)
  • 30 miles per hour in public business and residential districts
  • 75 miles per hour on interstate highways, and
  • 65 miles per hour on other paved roadways (55 miles per hour if unpaved).

(Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 31-5-301 (2017).)

Basic Speeding Law

In addition to absolute limits, Wyoming’s basic speed law prohibits driving at a speed “greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” The basic speeding law also requires drivers to reduce their speed as appropriate when approaching crossings, curves, a hillcrest, or other road or weather conditions that warrant the reduction.

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.

(Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 31-5-301 (2017).)

Speeding Ticket Fines

Speeding is a misdemeanor in Wyoming. Generally, motorists face up to $200 in fines and/or a maximum 20 days in jail for a first violation. For a second violation within a year, a driver is looking at up $300 in fines and/or a maximum 30 days in jail. And a third or subsequent violation within a year carries up to $500 in fines and/or a maximum six months in jail.

Fines are increased for speeding violations of more than ten miles per hour over the limit in a school zone. A first violation carries $200 to $750 in fines, and a driver convicted of a second violation within a year faces $400 to $1,000 in fines.

(Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 31-5-1201 (2017).)

Reckless Driving and Vehicular Homicide

Depending on the circumstances, a speeding violation can lead to a “reckless driving” or “careless driving” conviction. Generally, reckless driving carries up to six months in jail and/or a maximum $750 in fines, whereas a careless driving violation is punishable by up to 20 days in jail and/or a maximum $200 in fines.

And if a speeding violation results in the death of another person, it’s possible to be convicted of “homicide by vehicle.” Convicted motorists typically face up to a year in jail and/or a maximum $2,000 in fines.

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