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Nevada Driving Laws Regarding Speed

  This table summarizes Nevada State statutes related to speed.
General Reference: West's Annotated Nevada Codes
Basis for a Speed Law Violation:  
Basic Speed Rule: No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and surface and width of, the highway.(1) In no event, shall a speed such as to endanger the safety of persons or property. Veh. Code 22350
Statutory Speed Limit: 65 MPH(2) (except as noted below) Veh. Code 22349(a) & 22356
See Other below. 55 MPH on two lane undivided highway Veh. Code 22349(b)
35 MPH (prima facie limit) on non-State highways located in moderate density residentail districts within the Town of Apple Valley(3) Veh. Code 22352(a)(3) and 22352.1(a) & (b)
25 MPH(4) (prima facie limit) in a business or residence district Veh. Code 22352(a)(2)
25 MPH near a children's playground(5) Veh. Code 22357.1
15 MPH(6) (prima facie limit) on any alley Veh. Code 22352(a)(1)(C)
Posted (Maximum) Speed Limit: I. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, the State Department of Transportation may establish prima facie speed limits of 60, 55, 50, 45, 40, 35, 30 or 25 MPH on the State highway system.(7) Veh. Code 22354
II. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, a local government may increase the above prima facie 25 MPH speed limit. Such government may establish prima facie speed limits of 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 or 65 MPH on highways under its jurisdiction.(8) Veh. Code 22357
III. Notwithstanding other provisions of law, a city or county located within the South Coast Air Quality Management District may establish on unpaved roads a prima facie speed limit lower than permitted in order to comply with air quality standards. Veh. Code 22365
IV. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, a local government may decrease the 65 MPH speed limit on applicable highways within its jurisdiction. Such government may establish prima facie speed limits of 60, 55, 50, 45, 40, 35, 30 or 25 MPH on such highways. Veh. Code 22358(a) & 22360
V. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, a local government may decrease the above 25 MPH prima facie speed limit to either 15 or 20 MPH on streets under its jurisdiction having a width not more than 25 feet. Veh. Code 22358.3
VI. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, a local government may lower the above 25 MPH prima facie 15 or 20 MPH for business and residential districts or school zones. Veh. Code 22358.4
VII. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, the State or a local government on highways within their respective jurisdictions may establish different prima facie speed limits for different roadways. Veh. Code 22361.
VIII. When ice or snow conditions exist, the State Department of Transportation or a local government on highways under their respective jurisdictions may establish prima facie speed limits of 40, 35, 30 or 25 MPH. Veh. Code 22363
IX. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, the State Department of Transportation may establish different speed limits for highway lanes on the State highway system. Veh. Code 22364
X. The State Department of Transportation or a local government may establish a safe maximum speed limit (but not <5 MPH) for bridges, elevated structures, tubes or tunnels on the highway under their respective jurisdictions. Veh. Code 22402, 22403, 22404 & 22405
Minimum Speed Limit: I. A person shall not drive a vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. Veh. Code 22400(a)
II. A person, driving at less than the normal speed of traffic, shall drive in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb. Veh. Code 21654(a)
Posted (Minimum) Speed Limit: Based on engineering and traffic surveys, the State Department of Transportation may establish a minimum speed on any part of the State highway system. Veh. Code 22400(b)
Other: I. 55 MPH(9) is the maximum speed for: (1) A motortruck, (2) a track tractor having three or more axles, (3) a motortruck or track tractor drawing any other vehicle, (4) a passenger vehicle or bus drawing any other vehicle, (5) a schoolbus while transporting pupils, (6) a farm labor vehicle while transporting passengers, (7) a vehicle transporting explosives or (8) a trailer bus. Veh. Code 22406
II. 25 MPH is the maximum speed for vehicles with solid tires and having a gross vehicle weight for 10,000 but <16,000 lbs. Veh. Code 22409
III. 15 MPH is the maximum speed for vehicles equipped with solid tires and having a gross vehicle weight for 16,000 but <22,000 lbs. Veh. Code 22409
IV. 6 MPH is the maximum speed for vehicles equipped with metal tires. Veh. Code 22410
Adjudication of Speed Law Violations:  
Civil/Criminal Adjudication of Violation: All Law Speed Violations are Infractions. Veh. Code 22351, 40000.1 & 42001(a)
Other: Important. See Miscellaneous Sanctions below.
Sanctions Following an Adjudication of a Speed Law Violation:  
Imprisonment:  
Criminal Sanctions:  
 Term (Day, Month, Years, Etc.):  
Mandatory Minimum Term: None
Fine:  
Amount ($ Range): 1st offense-Not more than $100(10) 2nd offense (within 1 year)-Not more than $20010 3rd or subsequent offense (within 1 year)-Not more than $25010 Veh. Code 42001(a)(1), (2) & (3) See III under Miscellaneous Sanctions below.
Mandatory Min. Fine ($): None
Other Penalties:  
Traffic School: The court may order an offender to attend a traffic violator school. Veh. Code 42005
Other: Traffic Violation Points.(11) An offender is assessed 1 point on their driving record. Veh. Code 12810(e)
Licensing Action:  
Type of Licensing Action (Susp/Rev): Suspension Veh. Code 13200
Term of License Withdrawal (Days, Months, Years, etc.): 1st offense-Not more than 30 days 2nd offense-Not more than 60 days 3rd or subsequent offense-Not more than 6 months Veh. Code 13200(12)
Mandatory Minimum Term of Withdrawal: None
Miscellaneous Sanctions Not Included Elsewhere: I. The following fines apply to offenses involving exceeding the basic speed rule (Veh. Code 22350), exceeding 55 MPH in a bus, motor truck, truck tractor (with 3 or more axles) or any motor truck or truck tractor drawing any other vehicle (Veh. Code 22406) or exceeding the speed established for a bus, motor truck, truck tractor (with 3 or more axles) or any motor truck or truck tractor drawing any other vehicle when descending a grade (Veh. Code 22407): 1st offense-Not more than $100 1st offense (where speed was 10 MPH over the limit)-Not more than $200 2nd or subsequent offense-Not more than $300 Veh. Code 42000.5
II. For speeding in a tank vehicle transporting >500 gallons of flammable liquids, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others, a person is subject to the following additional sanctions: 1st offense-Not more than $500 2nd or subsequent offense (within 2 years)-Not more than $2,000 and suspension of hazardous material or cargo tank endorsement for 6 months Veh. Code 22406.5
III. If the imposition of a fine for an infraction would impose a hardship on an offender or their family, the court may sentence such person perform community service in lieu of the "total fine" (i.e., the base fine, all assessments, penalties and additional monies). Penal Code 1209.5
Other Criminal Actions Related to Speeding:  
Racing on Highway(13): Misdemeanor Veh. Code 23109 & 40000.15
Sanctions:  
Criminal Sanction:  
Imprisonment (Term): Speed Contest: 1st offense-24 hours to 90 days Subsequent offense (within 5 years)-4 days to 6 months Veh. Code 23109(e) & (f)
Exhibition of Speed: Not more than 90 days Veh. Code 23109(i)
Mandatory Minimum Term: Speed Contest: 1st offense-None Subsequent offense (within 5 years)-48 hours Veh. Code 23109(f)
Exhibition of Speed: None
III. Traffic Violation Points.11 For either offense, a defendant is assessed 1 point on their driving record. Veh. Code 12810(e)
Fine ($ Range): Speed Contest: 1st offense-$355 to $1,000(14) Subsequent offense (within 5 years)-$500 to $1,00014 Veh. Code 23109(e) & (f)
Exhibition of Speed: Not more than $50014 Veh. Code 23109(i)
Mandatory Minimum Fine: Speed Contest: 1st or subsequent offense (within 5 years)-None Exhibition of Speed: None
Administrative Licensing Action:  
Licensing Authorized and Type of Action: For Speed Contest-Suspension Veh. Code 13352(a)(8) and 23109(e) & (f)
Length of Term of Licensing Withdrawal: Speed Contest: 1st offense-Suspension 90 days to 6 months Veh. Code 13352(a)(8) & 23109(e) Subsequent offense (within 5 years)-Suspension 6 months Veh. Code 13352(a)(9) & 23109(f)
Exhibition of Speed: None
Mandatory Action--Minimum Length of License Withdrawal: Speed Contest: 1st or subsequent offense (within 5 years)-None(15)
Exhibition of Speed: None
Other: I. Speed Contest: 1st or subsequent offense (within 5 years)-If the vehicle is owned by the offender, it may be impounded from 1 day to 30 days. Veh. Code 23109(h)
II. For either offense, the court may order an offender to attend a traffic violator school. Veh. Code 42005
III. Traffic Violation Points.11 An offender is assessed 2 points on their driving record. Veh. Code 12810(d)(1)
Reckless Driving(16): Misdemeanor Veh. Code 23103(a), 40000.15 & 40000.24
Sanction:  
Criminal:  
Imprisonment (Term): 5 days to 90 days Veh. Code 23103(c)
Mandatory Minimum Term of Imprisonment: None
Fine ($ Range): $145 to $1,00014 Veh. Code 23103(c)
Mandatory Minimum Fine: None
Administrative Licensing Actions:  
Type of Licensing Action (Susp/Rev): Suspension or Revocation Veh. Code 13200 & 13351(a)(2)
Length of Term of License  
Withdrawal Action: 1st offense-Suspension for not more than 30 days
2nd offense-Suspension for not more than 60 days
3rd or subsequent offense-Suspension for not more than 6 months Veh. Code 13200 Three (3) or more offenses (within 12 months)-Revocation for 3 years. Veh. Code 13351(a)(2) & (b)
Mandatory Term of License Withdrawal Action: Three (3) or more offenses (within 12 months)-Revocation for 3 years. Veh. Code 13351(a)(2) & (b)
Other: I. The court may order an offender to attend a traffic violator school. Veh. Code 42005
II. Traffic Violation Points.11 An offender is assessed 2 points on their driving record. Veh. Code 12810(c)
III. Impoundment. If the reckless driving offense involved motor vehicle operation at a speed 100 MPH, the vehicle owned and driven by the offender may be impounded for a 1st offense not more than 6 months and for a 2nd offense not more than 12 months. Veh. Code 14602 (repealed 7/1/99), 23524 (effective 7/1/99) & 23592 (effective 7/1/99)
Reckless Driving Causing Bodily Injury: Misdemeanor/Felony Veh. Code 23104, 40000.15 & 40000.24 and Penal Code 17
Sanction:  
Criminal:  
Imprisonment (Term): 1st offense (Misdemeanor)-30 days to 6 months (in the county jail)
Subsequent offense (Misdemeanor/Felony)-30 days to 6 months (in either the State prison(17) or county jail) Veh. Code 23104(a) & (b)
Mandatory Minimum Term of Imprisonment: None
Fine ($ Range): 1st or subsequent offense-$220 to $1,00014 Veh. Code 23104(a) & (b)
Mandatory Minimum Fine: None
Administrative Licensing Actions:  
Type of Licensing Action (Susp/Rev): Revocation(18) Veh. Code 13350(a)(3) & 13351(a)(2)
Length of Term of License Withdrawal Action: 1 year Veh. Code 13350(c) Three (3) or more offenses (within 12 months)-Revocation for 3 years. Veh. Code 13351(a)(2) & (b)
Mandatory Term of License Withdrawal Action: 1 year Veh. Code 13350(c) Three (3) or more offenses (within 12 months)-Revocation for 3 years. Veh. Code 13351(a)(2) & (b)
Other: I. The court may order an offender to attend a traffic violator school. Veh. Code 42005

II. Traffic Violation Points.11 An offender is assessed 2 points on their driving record. Veh. Code 12810(c)

Speed in Excess of 100 MPH: Infraction Veh. Code 22348(b)
Sanction:  
Criminal:  
Imprisonment (Term): None
Mandatory Minimum Term of Imprisonment:  
Fine ($ Range): 1st or subsequent offense-Not more than $50010 Veh. Code 22348(b) & 42000.1 See III Other below.
Mandatory Minimum Fine: None
Administrative Licensing Actions:  
Type of Licensing Action (Susp/Rev): Suspension Veh. Code 22348(b), 13200.5 and 13355(a) & (b)
Length of Term of License Withdrawal Action: 1st offense-Not more than 30 days Veh. Code 22348(b)(1) & 13200.5 2nd offense (within 3 years)-6 months Veh. Code 22348(b)(2) & 13355(a) 3rd or subsequent offense (within 5 years)-1 year Veh. Code 22348(b)(3) & 13355(b)
Mandatory Term of License

Withdrawal Action:

None Note: For a 1st offense, suspension is discretionary. For 2nd and subsequent offenses, suspension is mandatory. However, restricted driving privileges are available to allow an offender either to travel to and from work or to perform employment related duties. Veh. Code 22348(b)(1), 13200.5 and 13355(a) & (b)
Other: I. The court may order an offender to attend a traffic violator school. Veh. Code 42005
II. Traffic Violation Points.11 An offender is assessed 2 points on their driving record. Veh. Code 12810(d)(1)
III. If the imposition of a fine for an infraction would impose a hardship on an offender or their family, the court may sentence such person perform community service in lieu of the "total fine" (i.e., the base fine, all assessments, penalties and additional monies). Penal Code 1209.5
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Operators(19):  
Grounds for Disqualification: No person may operate a CMV if they have either (1) been convicted of 2 "serious traffic violations"(20) within a 3 year period or (2) been convicted of 3 such violations within a 3 year period while driving a CMV. Veh. Code 15306 & 15308
Period of Disqualification : 2 serious violations (within 3 years)-60 days 3 serious violations (within 3 years)-120 days Veh. Code 15306 & 15308
Period of Mandatory Disqualification: 2 serious violations (within 3 years)-60 days 3 serious violations (within 3 years)-120 days Veh. Code 15306 & 15308

1. It is a prima facie violation of the basic speed rule to exceed a construction zone speed limit. A construction zone speed limit cannot be <25 MPH. Veh. Code 22362

2. Based upon engineering and traffic surveys, the State Department of Transportation may increase the maximum speed limit to 70 MPH. Veh. Code 22356(a) Note: Neither the 65 MPH nor 70 MPH maximum speed limits apply to certain types of vehicles per Veh. Code 22406.

3. Via a demonstration project, the Town of Apple Vally may establish a prima facie speed limit of 35 MPH on non-State highways which are located in moderate density residence districts. Veh. Code 22352.1 This demonstration project remains in effect only until March 1, 2001.

4. Or (1) when passing a school, which is not separate from the highway by a physical barrier, with a standard "school" warning sign while children are going to or leaving the school or during school hours or (2) when passing a facility used by senior citizens with a standard "senior" warning sign. Veh. Code 22352(b)(2) & (3)

5. This limit is established by local authorities.

6. Or when traversing either a uncontrolled railway crossing or uncontrolled highway intersection where the driver does not have a clear and unobstructed view. Veh. Code 22352(a)(1)(A) & (B)

7. Also, based on engineering and traffic surveys, the State Department of Transportation may establish different speed limits for various times of the day or night. Veh. Code 22355

8. A local government may also establish a prima facie speed limit of 25 MPH on highways under their jurisdiction that are adjacent to a children's playground in a public park. However, such a speed limit is only to be effective during hours when children are expected to use such playground. Veh. Code 22357.1

9. Based on engineering and traffic surveys, the State Department of Transportation may reduce the 55 MPH maximum speed limit for motortrucks or truck tractors having gross vehicle weight 10,000 lbs. while in a descending grade. The speed limit for these vehicles may be established at 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25 or 20 MPH. Veh. Code 22407

10. A person, who commits a exceeds the speed limit, a traffic infraction, on certain the segments of certain highways, is subject to a fine sanction which is one category higher than the amount otherwise prescribed by the uniform traffic fine schedule. The prescribed sanction applies on (1) Route 37, between the intersection with Route 121 and the intersection with Route 29, (2) Route 4, between the intersection with Cummings Skyway and the intersection with Route 80, (3) Route 74, between the intersection with Route 5 and the intersection with the Riverside-Orange County line, (4) Route 46, between the intersection with Route 101 and the junction with Route 41, (5) Route 12, between the intersection with Walters Road in the City of Suisun and the intersection with Lower Sacramento Road in the City of Lodi, and (6) the Golden Gate Bridge. Note: Additional forfeitures or assessments, which are based on the fine imposed, are to be calculated using only the base fine prior to the above enhancement. Streets and Highways Code 97 and Veh. Code 40310 & 42010 Veh.Code 40310 provides that the Nevada Judicial Council shall establish a uniform traffic fine schedule. Streets and Highways Code 97 and Veh. Code 42010 are effective only until January 1, 2000.

11. Point System. A person, who accumulates the request number of points on their driving record, is presumed to be a negligent driver. Such a driver can have their driving privileges suspended for not more than 6 months. However, they may obtain restricted driving privileges for use during the scope of their employment. A person is presumed to be negligent driver if they accumulate either 4 or more points in 12 months, 6 or more points in 24 months, or 8 or more points in 36 months. Veh. Code 12809, 12810, 12810.5, 12812, 13556 & 13359

12. This code provision does not state a time period within which a second or subsequent offense must be committed after a first in order to impose enhanced sanctions. As a result, it appears that the enhanced licensing sanctions apply regardless of the time lapse between first, second or subsequent offenses.

13. The law makes it an offense to "engage in any motor vehicle speed contest on a highway" or "engage in any exhibition of speed on a highway".

14. Double Fines. A fine, double the amount otherwise prescribed by law, may be imposed on a person, who commits a either racing or reckless driving misdemeanor offense on the segments of certain highways. The prescribed sanction applies on (1) Route 37, between the intersection with Route 121 and the intersection with Route 29, (2) Route 4, between the intersection with Cummings Skyway and the intersection with Route 80, (3) Route 74, between the intersection with Route 5 and the intersection with the Riverside-Orange County line, (4) Route 46, between the intersection with Route 101 and the junction with Route 41, (5) Route 12, between the intersection with Walters Road in the City of Suisun and the intersection with Lower Sacramento Road in the City of Lodi, and (6) the Golden Gate Bridge. Note: Additional forfeitures or assessments, which are based on the fine imposed, are to be calculated using only the base fine prior to the above enhancement. Streets and Highways Code 97 and Veh. Code 42010 These sections are repealed January 1, 2000.

15. For either a first or subsequent offense, an offender may obtain restricted driving privileges for the purpose of traveling to and from work or to perform duties within the scope of their employment. Veh. Code 23109(e) & (f)

16. Eluding a Police Officer. A person, who either flees or attempts to elude a police while driving "in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property," is subject to the following sanctions. They are subject to imprisonment in either the State prison or county jail for 6 months to 1 year and/or a fine of not less than $1,000 not more than $10,000. The law defines "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property" to include (but is not limited to) the commission of three or more traffic law violations for which points can be assigned under Veh. Code 12810 (e.g., exceeding the speed limit, racing on the highway, reckless driving) while fleeing or attempting to edule a police officer. Veh. Code 2800.2

17. Under Penal Code 17, a person, who is punished by imprisonment in the State prison, is considered to have committed a felony.

18. The offender is also subject to license suspension for not more than 6 months under Veh. Code 13201.

19. A person who has obtained a commercial driver's license (CDL) and is qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A commercial motor vehicle is defined as a vehicle designed to carry either passengers or property and either has a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 lbs., were the towed vehicle weighs 10,000 lbs., is a trailer bus, is carrying a hazardous materials which require that the vehicle to be placarded in under either the Vehicle or Health and Safety codes. Veh. Code 12804.9(b), 15210(b)(1) & (k) and 15278(a)(4)

20. A "serious traffic violation" includes exceeding the speed limit by 15 or more MPH or reckless driving. Veh. Code 15210(i), 49 USC 31301(12) & 49 CFR 383.5


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