It is striking to both see first-hand and then also hear a witness defensively testify that he was “driving the posted speed limit”, albeit in poor weather conditions, poor light (e.g., nighttime driving) or even around a curve on a road. The basic speed law is one that governs speed for the conditions present; the posted speed limit is only for optimum conditions (the driving environment). Driving for conditions allows a motorist to maintain absolute control. Failure to drive for conditions can lead to tragic consequences. It is a simple rule that saves lives.
Authored by L. Page Graves