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ASK A COP: How fast do I need to be driving over the speed limit to be stopped?

ASK A COP: How fast do I need to be driving over the speed limit to be stopped?

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Q. How fast over posted speed limit are you allowed to go before you stop me?

A. In reality, you could be stopped for any amount over the posted speed limit. However, most police academies and departments acknowledge the fact that speedometers can vary within a few miles per hour. That being said, most officers won’t stop you unless you are a few over the posted limit. There is no steadfast rule stating you cannot stop a vehicle unless they are going more than five over the posted speed limit.

Krisa Brass

Cpl. Krisa Brass is with the Scottsbluff Police Department. She will answer questions submitted by readers each week. To submit a question for consideration, email or leave your question in a message, 308-632-9057.

Should you get the ticket when you drive 50 miles per hour in 45 miles per hour road?

Most departments let the individual officer use their discretion on whether to issue a warning or citation. Again, speedometers can vary so I’m not a big fan of issuing a citation for five over.

Regarding citations, the amount you are over the limit dictates the amount of the fine. One to five mph is the lowest bracket, which is a $10 fine plus court costs. The next bracket (6-10 mph) jumps from $10 to $25. From there the fines increase significantly with 35 and over being a $300 fine plus court costs. Keep in mind: fines are increased for speeding violations in certain areas such as construction zones and school zones.

Q. Is it illegal to go through a yellow light?

A. As per usual, the answer is dependent on the situation as a whole. A steady yellow light is meant as an indication to warn drivers the green “movement” in that direction is about to be terminated and a red light is coming shortly. When approaching a yellow light in that instance, vehicular traffic shall stop before entering the cross walk or intersection. If the vehicle cannot stop safely, the driver can proceed cautiously through the intersection.

Generally speaking, if you are driving an appropriate speed, following at a safe distance, and paying attention to your surroundings, you should be able to stop in time when you see a yellow light. If a vehicle is just approaching the intersection or already in the intersection, it would be reasonable, and legal, to proceed through with caution.

Steady yellow lights for pedestrians (unless otherwise indicated by a pedestrian-control signal) are advising there is insufficient time to cross the roadway before the signal turns red and prohibits pedestrians from crossing the roadway.

This scenario is a perfect example of why defensive driving/walking is important. Even though you may be abiding by traffic laws, not everyone else around you is.

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