Mississippi

SEC. 63-3-501. Maximum speed limits on state, interstate and controlled access highways.

No person shall operate a vehicle on the highways of the state at a speed greater than sixty-five (65) miles per hour.

The Mississippi Transportation Commission may, in its discretion, by order duly entered on its minutes, increase the speed restrictions on any portion of the Interstate Highway System provided such speed restrictions are not increased to more than seventy (70) miles per hour. The commission may likewise increase the speed limit to seventy (70) miles per hour on controlled access highways with four (4) or more lanes.

SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 8176; Laws, 1938, ch. 200; 1948, ch. 328, Sec. 1; 1962, ch. 524; 1966, ch. 571, Sec. 1; 1970, ch. 442, Sec. 1; 1976, ch. 318; 1996, ch 303, Sec. 1, eff from and after passage (approved February 29, 1996)

SEC. 63-3-1201. Reckless driving.

Any person who drives any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate either a wilful or a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Reckless driving shall be considered a greater offense than careless driving.

Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be punished upon a first conviction by a fine of not less than Five Dollars ($5.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), and on a second or subsequent conviction he may be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) days or by a fine of not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both.

SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 8175; Laws, 1938, ch. 200; 1993, ch. 317, Sec. 2, eff from and after July 1, 1993 (became law without Governor’s signature on March 16, 1993)