The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Rural Interstates: Cars NA, Trucks NA
Urban Interstates: Cars 55, Trucks 55
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars NA, Trucks NA
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Speed limits are absolute--exceeding the speed limit is illegal per se (regardless of whether it was safe under the specific conditions).
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: Yes
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Jury Trial Allowed
Speeding: Yes, if it goes beyond a "petty offense"
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $25,000
All injuries: $50,000
Property Damage: $10,000
Uninsured motorist coverage is required
Novice Drivers: All cell phone use prohibited for learners permit holders, using primary enforcement
School Bus Drivers: All cell phone use prohibited, using primary enforcement
All Drivers: Hand-held cell phone use and text-messaging prohibited, using primary enforcement
Telephone: (202) 737-4404 (option 3, Motor Vehicles), or http://dmv.dc.gov/main.shtm
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: Not publicized--try 911
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This page was last updated: August 2010