Reasonable and Prudent Speed in Maryland
Speeding violations are not limited to exceeding the posted speed limit. Driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed, even when driving within the speed limit, can be cited as the reason for a speeding stop. Although the speed limit introduces a maximum speed in a given area, special circumstances and dangers can make even driving below the speed limit cause to be charged with a traffic offense. Examples include driving in a crowded area or under poor weather conditions. In these circumstances, drivers are expected to reduce speed accordingly rather than drive at or near the maximum speed limit. In Warren v. State, the court discusses that while excessive speed may be a dangerous, it is not the type of danger referred to in reasonable and prudent speed rules. For this reason, reasonable and prudent speed charges would not hold up without evidence of a specific danger or dangerous condition at the time of the stop. If you have been charged with any traffic violations, including reasonable and prudent speed charges, contact Azari Law at 301.362.3300 to speak with an experienced attorney today.