States' Attitudes Towards Speed Limits: Detailed List

This list shows a detailed breakdown of every states attitude toward speed limits. This is the peace were I plan on putting the full story of any possible increases. If you now of any more detailed information please let me know at, or by using this form.

For a general summary of States' Attitudes Towards Speed Limits see the summary version.

As of May 18, 1997 I have added a new section to this list called News Summary which will give you a brief overview of what is happening. For just the brief news summaries try the News Summary version.

Latest Changes (Ones in Bold and Stared Indicate a Significant Change)

2/1/98: NJ*, VA*
12/19/98: NJ

More Changes

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Alabama (5/23/97)


Arizona (5/19/96)

Arkansas (7/19/96)

California (5/05/97)

Colorado (2/03/97)

Connecticut (4/2/97)

Delaware (2/18/97)

Florida (5/23/97)

Georgia (12/17/96)


Idaho (12/01/96)

Illinois (12/01/96)

Indiana (5/23/97)

Iowa (3/13/97)

Kansas (7/13/97)

Kentucky (3/14/96)

Louisiana (7/02/97)

Maine (9/6/97)

Maryland (12/13/97)


Michigan (7/3/96)

Minnesota (7/02/97)

Mississippi (12/13/96)

Missouri (3/18/96)

Montana (2/16/97)

Nebraska (12/01/96)

Nevada (5/17/96)

New Hampshire (3/23/96)

New Jersey (2/1/97)

New Mexico (12/01/96)

New York

North Carolina (11/25/96)

North Dakota (3/23/97)

Ohio (9/6/97)

Oklahoma (2/18/97)

Oregon (7/13/97)

Pennsylvania (4/27/96)

Rhode Island (4/12/96)

South Carolina (5/18/97)

South Dakota (7/8/96)

Tennessee (5/18/97)

Texas (9/6/97)

Utah (5/22/96)


Virginia (1/01/98)


West Virginia (12/13/97)

Wisconsin (5/16/96)

Wyoming (5/22/96)

Copyright (c) 1997 by Kevin Atkinson.

A service of the "Reasonable Drivers Unanimous" home page available at

Special thanks to the National Coalition for the Abolition of Speed Limits (NCASL) and the National Motorist Association (NMA) for providing a lot of this info. The NCASL is a newly formed group that advocates the abolition of all speed limits except in large cities, business districts, and residential areas. For more information see there web page at The NMA is the only real drivers rights organization in North America. They are the ones that got the NMSL repealed in the first place. For more information see there web page at or contact them at 608/849-6000; or 6678 Pertzborn Road, Dane, Wisconsin 53529.

All of the information in this chart comes from official or semi-official sources.

Source for Pre-NMSL speed limits: Federal Highway Administration, 1972 except for NC and NJ.

Sources for the 65 dates:
High Risk States, Table 3
Unknown Risk States, Table 4, States at Risk. AHAS Press Release, Nov13 1995. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Unknown source from the insurance company.

Some of the sources for the post-NMSL data:
"A state-by-state look at speed limits" by the associated press, USA Today Online
"DOA States" by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (

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