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What does it mean to drive too fast for conditions?

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2023 | Traffic Violations

While there are some indications that law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania are more lenient to speeders than those in other states, speeding can result in a costly traffic citation. If you receive too many speeding tickets, of course, you even might lose your driving privileges. You also can expect to pay higher insurance premiums.

It is easy not to speed in the Keystone State, as most stretches of public roadways have clearly marked speed limit signs. If you drive at or below posted speed limits, you usually are ok. Still, it is possible to get a speeding ticket even when driving slower than the posted limit.

Inclement weather

According to reporting from The Weather Channel, more than 20% of car accidents that occur in the U.S. happen during inclement weather. Because tires have less traction on snowy, icy and wet pavement, reducing your speed makes sense. If you continue to drive at the posted speed limit, an officer might issue you a citation for driving too fast for weather conditions.

Congested traffic

Some areas in Pennsylvania always seem to have bad traffic. If you drive too fast in these areas, you might receive a speeding ticket. This is true even if your speed never surpasses the posted speed limit, as it can be unreasonable to drive too fast when traffic is present.

Road construction

Like other states, Pennsylvania law harshly penalizes those who speed in construction zones. You should pay special attention when you drive in these areas, though, as even the reduced speed limit might be too fast for the circumstances.

Ultimately, to keep from receiving a citation for driving too fast for conditions, it is imperative always to drive at an appropriate speed for the road conditions you encounter.