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

Indiana Jones honored by zoo: Harrison Ford wins award for wildlife conservation The speed limit is 45 mph, according to a probable cause affidavit. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Driver is charged in Speedway crash that killed mother and daughter," 10 July 2018 Ricketts praised lawmakers on other matters, including their success in balancing the state budget, eliminating some state regulations and raising the speed limit by 5 mph on state highways. Tess Williams, The Seattle Times, "Ricketts vows to keep working on property tax legislation," 21 Apr. 2018 The new safety system, called Positive Train Control, is designed to automatically stop a train if the engineer disobeys a signal or exceeds the speed limit. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Metra's adjusts new BNSF schedule, but still plans fewer express trains from Hinsdale, more from Western Springs and La Grange," 14 May 2018 Generally, a driver can exceed the speed limit by about 5 mph to pass on the left. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How fast is too fast? | Dash Cam Derby Video," 28 Mar. 2018 An average of 1,480 vehicles per day exceeded the speed limit by 10 mph or more before the camera installation. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Speed cameras on NE Marine Drive begin issuing citations," 22 Mar. 2018 Curves within the tunnel will limit drivers’ ability to see clogged traffic ahead, so the speed limit is 45 mph. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "What will the Highway 99 tunnel opening mean for bus routes, detours and tsunamis? We answer those questions and more," 12 Dec. 2018 When one Twitter user asked if the rule applies even when one is going the speed limit in the left lane, Wheeles continue his driver's ed lesson. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Indiana State Police tweet warns slow drivers, goes viral," 17 June 2018 Fully 86% of rural folk are against the reduction in the speed limit, next to 74% of the French as a whole. The Economist, "Uproar over new speed limits on French country roads," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of speed limit

: the highest speed at which you are allowed to drive on a particular road

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