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driving too fast for conditions

Even if you are driving under the posted speed limit, you may be given a ticket or citation for driving too fast for the conditions. Driving too fast for conditions is defined as traveling at a speed that is greater than a reasonable standard for safe driving.

Examples of conditions where drivers may find themselves driving too fast include wet roadways (rain, snow, or ice); reduced visibility (fog); uneven roads; construction zones; curves; intersections; gravel roads; and heavy traffic.

In Texas, as in many states, it is possible to receive a ticket for driving too fast for conditions, even if you are driving at or below the posted speed limit. Texas Transportation Code Section 545.351, titled 'Maximum Speed Requirement,' stipulates that an operator of a vehicle shall not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances then existing. This means that drivers must adjust their speed to account for factors such as inclement weather, road conditions, traffic flow, and visibility. For example, during heavy rain, fog, or on icy roads, the posted speed limit may not be safe. Law enforcement officers have the discretion to determine if a driver is traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions and issue citations accordingly. It is the responsibility of the driver to assess the conditions and adjust their speed to ensure safety.

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