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LOUISIANA TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

SUBPART A.  SPEED RESTRICTIONS

§61.  Maximum speed limit

A.  No person shall operate  a vehicle on any highway of this state in excess of fifty-five miles per hour, unless a lower maximum speed is posted on the highway,  except as follows:

(1)  No person shall operate a vehicle on any interstate or controlled access highway of this state in excess of seventy miles per hour.

(2)  No person shall operate a vehicle on any multi-lane divided highway of this state which has partial or no control of access in excess of sixty-five miles per hour.

B.  The Department of Transportation and Development shall develop criteria to determine which portions of a highway warrant a speed limit lower than the speed limits established by this Section.  The criteria shall be based on an engineering study which shall consider, but not necessarily be limited to, the design speed of the road, the road geometry, the use of land surrounding the road, and the accident history of the road.

Amended by Acts 1964, No. 369, §1; Acts 1974, No. 521, §1; Acts 1977, No. 113, §1, eff. June 22, 1977; Acts 1982, No. 191, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983; Acts 1997, No. 1204, §1.

§64.  General speed law

A.  No person shall drive a vehicle on the highway within this state at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and potential hazards then existing, having due regard for the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and the condition of the weather, and in no event at a speed in excess of the maximum speeds established by this Chapter or regulation of the department made pursuant thereto.

B.  Except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with paragraph A of this section, no person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle upon the highways of this state at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.

C.  Rolling roadblocks shall be prohibited from operating on all Interstate highways in the state.

Acts 1962, No. 310, §1.  Amended by Acts 1982, No. 191, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983.