A new, blanket speed limit has been set for all unpaved roads in Virginia. New legislation passed by the General Assembly this year now makes the maximum speed limit 35 mph.
The new law went into effect July 1st.
Prior to the revision, the maximum speed limit on these roads was 55 mph, though this varied by counties. VDOT says the revised speed limit was proposed to keep the speed limit consistent.
“The revision to speed limits on all unpaved roads will cause less confusion for motorists,” said VDOT Chief Engineer Garrett Moore. “A lower speed limit of 35 mph is a reasonable and safer speed limit for unpaved roads across the state.”
The new law does not require VDOT to post speed limit signs on roadways.
VDOT says officials are working with the Department of Motor Vehicles to help educate drivers about the change.
“Virginia State Police will continue to enforce speed limit laws, just as we always have for the safety of all motorists,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Troopers have the authority to warn, summons or arrest those who fail to comply with established speed limits.”
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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