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If the speed limit is 65 and all cars are going 75 plus how can they write a ticket for a person going 86 stating they were 21 mile an hour over the speed limit?

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June 29, 2007 7:44PM

Because the speed limit is the maximum speed you're allowed to drive (because of safety considerations) and if you go faster than that, they can make you pay a fine as a deterrent. In theory, enforcement of traffic laws like this makes the road safer for everyone. If 86-65 is 21, then the citation is correct. The speed limit doesn't change just because all the cars are speeding. 86 mph is still 21 mph over the speed limit no matter how fast other cars are traveling.