Speeding in Connecticut: How are speed limits determined?

Connecticut is made up of a major network of roads and highways, as it is a major point of travel in between the major cities of New York City and Boston. The state sees millions of local and out of state drivers each year. With such heavy flows of traffic, there are also many drivers who make the decision to speed. If you have been issued a speeding ticket, you may be facing a number of consequences.

Some people may feel as though the speed limits in certain places is set too low and will simply choose to ignore it and go whichever speed they feel is necessary. Connecticut’s Department of Transportation has a specific method to determine what the speed limit of a road should be. They use a radar to determine how fast the majority of drivers are going and look to see what speed 85-percent of drivers are travelling at.

One of the most travelled roadways in Connecticut is Interstate 84, which has a speed limit of 55 miles per hour in some places. It is important to note that in construction zones, the speed limit is typically lowered to 45 miles per hour. If you are caught speeding in a construction work zone, your penalties may be doubled because it is considered that your speeding is putting the lives of construction workers on the road at risk.

Your best bet to avoid receiving a speeding ticket is to drive with the flow of traffic. If you are pulled over for speeding, you may receive points on your license and face fines. When points are added to your license, your insurance premiums may increase.

Contact an experienced Connecticut traffic violations attorney who can provide you with assistance if necessary.

Marc N. Needelman is an experienced criminal defense attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. Contact the law firm to set up a free initial consultation today.

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