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Maximum Speed Limits: Understanding § 3362 of Pennsylvania Vehicle Code

Driving is a privilege that comes with significant responsibilities, and adhering to speed limits is one of the most crucial aspects of safe driving. In Pennsylvania, the rules and regulations governing maximum speed limits are outlined in Section 3362 of the Vehicle Code. This short article will delve into the intricacies of this section, providing valuable insights for drivers and legal professionals alike.

The General Rule

Subsection (a) of Section 3362 establishes the general rule for maximum speed limits in Pennsylvania. This subsection sets forth the maximum allowable speeds under various circumstances, subject to adjustment for special hazards that may require lower speeds for compliance with Section 3361 (relating to driving at a safe speed).

Urban Districts

In urban districts, the maximum speed limit is 35 miles per hour. This limit is designed to ensure the safety of pedestrians and other road users in densely populated areas, where the potential for collisions is higher.


Subsection (a)(1.1) addresses the speed limits on freeways, where the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has posted specific limits. On these roads, the maximum speed limit can be either 65 miles per hour or 70 miles per hour, depending on the posted signage.

Residential Districts

In residential districts, the maximum speed limit is generally 25 miles per hour, provided that the highway is not a numbered traffic route and is classified by PennDOT as a local highway. This lower limit acknowledges the presence of children, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users in residential areas, prioritizing their safety.

Other Locations

For locations not covered by the aforementioned categories, the maximum speed limit is 55 miles per hour. However, subsection (a)(3) allows for the establishment of other maximum speed limits under this subchapter, subject to appropriate procedures and regulations.

Posting Requirements

Subsection (b) of Section 3362 outlines the requirements for posting speed limits to ensure their effectiveness. Maximum speed limits established under subsections (a)(1), (a)(1.2), or (a)(3) must be posted on fixed or variable official traffic-control devices in accordance with PennDOT regulations.

These regulations mandate posting at the beginning and end of each speed zone, as well as at intervals not exceeding one-half mile. This consistent posting is crucial for informing drivers of the applicable speed limits and ensuring compliance.

For maximum speed limits established under subsection (a)(1.1) on freeways, posting requirements are slightly different. In these cases, the speed limit must be posted on fixed or variable official traffic-control devices after each interchange on the relevant portion of the highway, as well as at any other locations deemed necessary by PennDOT.

Penalties for Violations

Subsection (c) of Section 3362 outlines the penalties for violating the maximum speed limits. Any person found guilty of violating this section is subject to a summary offense and the following fines:

  1. For violating a maximum speed limit of 65 miles per hour or higher, the fine is $42.50.
  2. For violating any other maximum speed limit, the fine is $35.

Additionally, if a person exceeds the maximum speed limit by more than five miles per hour, an additional fine of $2 per mile is imposed for each mile in excess of the five-mile-per-hour threshold.

Make the Right Choice: Contact Troese Law Today

When faced with traffic violations or speeding tickets in Pennsylvania, the consequences can be severe, threatening your driving privileges and financial well-being. At Troese Law, John Troese, the firm’s seasoned attorney, is unwavering in his commitment to safeguarding your rights on the road. With meticulous attention to detail and an extensive understanding of the state’s vehicle code, he meticulously dissects each case, exploring every legal avenue to pursue the most favorable outcome.

Don’t risk the repercussions of a traffic violation alone. Entrust your case to John Troese’s capable hands, and let his expertise guide you through the intricate legal landscape. He is here to provide the comprehensive counsel and staunch advocacy you deserve, ensuring your rights remain protected every step of the way.

Take decisive action today by contacting Troese Law at 814-297-8043 or visiting the office at 415 Madison Rd, Clarion, PA 16214, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Together with John Troese, you will navigate the complexities of your situation and work towards a resolution that preserves your freedom on the road. It’s time to get serious about your legal representation – reach out now.

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