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.
Points of Interest
Rural Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 65
Urban Interstates: Cars 55, Trucks 55
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 65, Trucks 65
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
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
Accidents involving death, personal injury, or the inability of a vehicle to be moved under its own power and requiring towing, must be reported immediately to the local authorities and (if the accident is not investigated by the authorities) within 5 days to the Center for Highway Safety, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Tort Option Coverage: Full vs. Limited (determines your ability to sue for pain and suffering if in accident)
Minimum Bodily Injury Liability Coverage: $15,000 per person and $30,000 per occurrence
Minimum Property Damage Liability Coverage: Varies - see your insurance representative
Required Medical Expense Benefits Coverage: $5,000 of coverage for medical expenses.
Hand-Held Ban: Local option
All Cell Phone Ban: No
Texting Ban: All drivers
Enforcement: Primary: for texting by all drivers
Telephone: 717/783-5599 (State Police HQ) or contact the court for your particular ticket
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: *11 or 911
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This page was last updated: August 2010