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.

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With so many hazards and intersections on the route, the speed limit at the site is about 20 to 25 kilometers an hour. Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg.com, "Singapore Built a Dedicated Town for Self-Driving Buses," 4 June 2018 Rock Island Road's speed limit at that point is 40 mph. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He didn't want to face drug charges, cops say. Now, he's got vehicular homicide charges. | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 In 2011, the Harbor Commission and city staff started working on a speed limit exception similar to what is being proposed now. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport Harbor speed limit exception for boat racing gets a restart," 12 Apr. 2018 On average, people who received tickets were going 15 mph over the speed limit at this location. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Are you a speed demon? Here are the hotspots for traffic, parking tickets in KC | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 The speed limit at the crossing is 60 miles per hour. CBS News, "Report shows truck hit by GOP train was on the tracks after warning," 21 Feb. 2018 In the perverse and twisted map of power in New York State, the country’s largest city must get permission from the state to enforce speed limits on the streets of the five boroughs. New York Times, "Senator Does a U-Turn on Speed Cameras in School Zones," 12 July 2018 Garrett, 56, was drifting and traveling under the speed limit when officers pulled him over, The Smoking Gun reported. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A lot of things get blamed on the dog. But this was a new one.," 6 July 2018 The speed limit on the relevant area of the roadway is 65 mph, the NTSB said. Mike Spector, WSJ, "Tesla Autopilot System Warned Driver to Put Hands on Wheel, U.S. Investigators Say," 7 June 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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