Bad Weather? Utah Law says “Drive Below the Speed Limit”

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Come rain, snow or sandstorm, Utahans have been hitting the roads—and hitting each other—this past week.  It’s no surprise that car crashes increase with bad weather.  If you’ve found yourself driving in these conditions, keep in mind the law may require you to drive under the posted speed limit.

Utah law says: “A person may not operate a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions…any speed in excess of the limits…is evidence that the speed is not reasonable or prudent and that it is unlawful.” These “existing conditions” can include dusty, snowy, wet or icy roads. If you are going at or above the speed limit in these conditions, and get in an accident (or are pulled over for speeding), you can get a ticket for “traveling too fast for conditions.”

Even if you are confident you can handle these conditions going in excess of the speed limit, a safe rule of thumb would be to drive at least 5 miles under the speed limit.

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