Dodge County Sheriff Law of the Month – Minimum Speed Regulations

(Dodge County) When traversing the roadways of Dodge County, motorists are often aware of the speed limits posted along their routes, but the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind drivers that speed limits are only half the story.  While many drivers focus on maintaining their vehicle at or below the posted speed limits, many forget that a minimum speed regulation also applies.  Traffic laws state that “No person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed so slow as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or is necessary to comply with the law”

 

The Sherriff’s Office wants to remind motorists that it is important to maintain a safe speed so that you do not become a hazard in the roadway, explaining that this is why the minimum speed regulation exists.  They ask that drivers take extra note, that there is an exception to this rule in the cases where reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or is necessary to comply with the law, saying that with winter conditions, it is important to drive with due regard.  Sometimes driving the speed limit is more dangerous than people think, and can lead to unintended consequences.  In those circumstances it is advisable to slow it down and give yourself extra time if you know the weather and roadway conditions could be questionable.  It’s better to show up to your destination late and safe, as opposed to not showing up at all.