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Ask a Trooper: Speed fines

By Staff | Apr 18, 2014

Q: It’s been a long time since I’ve been stopped and ticketed for speeding. How much is a speeding ticket these days?

A: It’s great to hear that it has been some time since your last speeding ticket. I hope this is due to your conscious choice to drive defensively, and setting your cruise control at or below the posted speed limit.not just by luck.

Everyone agrees that being stopped and ticketed ranks right up there with paying taxes and getting a tooth pulled. But the fact is that no one needs to drive around constantly worried if they are going to be stopped for speedingunless they choose to speed or allow themselves to be distracted by something other than driving.

Here is a table (see box) detailing the fine schedule for speeding violations.

From the tables it is obvious that the Iowa legislature was serious about reducing speeds in construction zones. What a great reminder as we near the start of the road construction season.

I am often asked, ‘so…how fast can I REALLY go before getting stopped?’ This is usually accompanied by a couple winks and a nod, if you know what I mean. I usually smile and recall a great quote from a retired trooper. He would always say, ‘drive as fast as you can afford’. I add in a few winks myself at that point.

On the serious side, speed violations continue to be the #1 cited traffic violation in Iowa. Excessive speed is a leading cause of major injury and fatality crashes. And NHTSA estimates that speed costs the public over $40 billion each year. Part of the psychology behind speeding fine costs can be attributed to what we in the law enforcement community call deterrence. The possibility of being stopped and cited makes motorists want to comply with the law for more reasons than just their safety. It makes motorists consider another factor in that ‘speed or not to speed’ decisiontheir wallet.