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      RS 32:61     




§61.  Maximum speed limit

A.  No person shall operate  a vehicle on any highway of this state in excess of fifty-five miles per hour, unless a lower maximum speed is posted on the highway,  except as follows:

(1)  No person shall operate a vehicle on any interstate or controlled access highway of this state in excess of seventy miles per hour.

(2)  No person shall operate a vehicle on any multi-lane divided highway of this state which has partial or no control of access in excess of sixty-five miles per hour.

(3)  A person may operate a vehicle in excess of any maximum speed set forth in this Chapter within a speed zone established by the department as provided in R.S. 32:63(C).

B.  The Department of Transportation and Development shall develop criteria to determine which portions of a highway warrant a speed limit lower than the speed limits established by this Section.  The criteria shall be based on an engineering study which shall consider, but not necessarily be limited to, the design speed of the road, the road geometry, the use of land surrounding the road, and the accident history of the road.

Amended by Acts 1964, No. 369, §1; Acts 1974, No. 521, §1; Acts 1977, No. 113, §1, eff. June 22, 1977; Acts 1982, No. 191, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983; Acts 1997, No. 1204, §1; Acts 2010, No. 81, §1.

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