The Reasonable and Prudent driving speed standards are set out in Code of Alabama (1975) § 32-5A-170. These standards require all drivers to maintain a reasonable and prudent speed when driving on the road. The speed in this statute is determined on a case-by-case basis.

What is Reasonable and Prudent Speed?

Reasonable and Prudent speed standards are determined at the time of the speeding on a case-by-case basis. It essentially means that the driver must be driving safely for conditions. Various conditions are listed in the statute and include:

  • Weather conditions (rain, fog, etc.)
  • Conditions of the road itself
  • Curviness of the road
  • Intersections
  • Railroad crossings
  • Presence of other vehicles or pedestrians
  • Visibility over hills and around curves

A driver must drive no faster than a reasonable and prudent person would safely drive given the above listed conditions. This is different from Code of Alabama (1975) § 32-5A-171 which mandates the maximum speed limit on county and state roads when not specifically posted.

If you have been ticketed in violation of this statute, our experienced and qualified firm can help you. Contact The Stoves Law Firm today for your free consultation or call us today at (205) 823-7233.

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