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.
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:
Absolute speed limits will typically be posted.
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.
Speeding is a misdemeanor in Wyoming. Generally, a motorist faces the following fines for a speeding violation:
Depending on the situation there also could be viable ways of fighting your speeding ticket.
Depending on the circumstances, a speeding violation can lead to a “reckless driving” or “careless driving” conviction. And if a speeding violation results in the death of another person, it’s possible to be convicted of “homicide by vehicle.”