CHP - Speed Questions & Answers

Q. - What impact has the new maximum speed limit had on traffic safety?

The CHP has been carefully tracking collision data as it pertains to speed-related incidents. We have seen the number of fatalities drop 10.4 percent in a year for collisions where unsafe speed was determined to be the primary collision factor (PCF).

Q. - Has the CHP seen an increase in speeding citations since Dec. 17, 1995, when the speed limit changed?

No, in fact there have been fewer citations issued for speed violations compared to the same time frame in 1994, which we attribute to many factors including fewer violators (in excess of 65 as opposed to 55); which allows officers to concentrate on other violators such as DUI, unsafe lane changes, and commercial vehicle enforcement.