November 25, 2007
Basic Rule and Maximum Limits
CHAPTER 265, RULES OF THE ROAD, Speed Limitations, Section 265:60, Basic Rule and Maximum Limits.
I. No person shall drive a vehicle on a way at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance on or entering the way in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
- When roadways are wet or snow covered, or when visibility is reduced, drivers must reduce their speeds. During snow storms, for example, the weather is not a reason for an accident; it is generally the driver not reducing speed for the conditions.
- Drivers with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles sometimes think that because they have increased traction they can drive faster. The problem is there is no added braking with a four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle. If the drivers are unable to stop and strike another vehicle, they will probably be found at fault.
- Please reduce your speeds and increase your distances between vehicles during inclement weather.