speed limit


Definition of speed limit

: the maximum or minimum speed permitted by law in a given area under specified circumstances

Examples of speed limit in a Sentence

The speed limit here is 55 mph. She got a ticket for breaking the speed limit.
Recent Examples on the Web Plus, driving the speed limit all but eliminates your chances of getting a costly speeding ticket. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2022 That’s about the same impact as raising the speed limit by four miles or decreasing the number of highway troopers by 10%. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 20 May 2022 Four children were among the nine people killed when a car traveling triple the speed limit hit a minivan in the Las Vegas area, authorities said Sunday. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 31 Jan. 2022 Other safety tips from ODOT include: Obey the speed limit. oregonlive, 27 Jan. 2022 Officers pulled the couple over after the van exceeded the speed limit, abruptly left its lane and struck a curb, according to a police report. Andy Rose, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 The Florida Department of Transportation said construction projects have required reducing the speed limit on I-75 to 60 mph from 70 mph in each direction from Sheridan Street to just east of the Alligator Alley toll plaza. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Under the policy, the city won state approval to lower the speed limit to 25 m.p.h. from 30 m.p.h. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Bus accidents are frequent in the southern African country, where some drivers overload their vehicles and exceed the speed limit. Farai Mutsaka, ajc, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of speed limit

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speed limit was in 1902

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27 May 2022

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“Speed limit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20limit. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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