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47-11-801v1.


47-11-801v1.
   
   A. Any person driving a vehicle on a highway shall drive the same at a
   careful and prudent speed not greater than nor less than is reasonable
   and proper, having due regard to the traffic, surface and width of the
   highway and any other conditions then existing, and no person shall
   drive any vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than will permit
   the driver to bring it to a stop within the assured clear distance
   ahead.
   
   B. Except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for
   compliance with subsection A of this section, the limits specified in
   this act or established as hereinafter authorized shall be maximum
   lawful speeds, and no person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a
   speed in excess of such maximum limits:
   
   1. Seventy-five (75) miles per hour in locations comprising:
   
    a. the turnpike system, and
    b. rural segments of the interstate highway system, as may be
       designated by the Transportation Commission. Provided, however,
       the Commission shall determine prior to the designation of such
       segments that the public safety will not be jeopardized;
       
   2. Seventy (70) miles per hour in locations which are:
   
    a. four-lane divided highways including, but not limited to, the
       interstate highway system, and
    b. super two-lane highways. As used in this section, a super two-lane
       highway shall mean any two-lane highway with designated passing
       lanes, and consisting of paved shoulders not less than eight (8)
       feet in width.
       
   3. Sixty-five (65) miles per hour in other locations;
   
   4. No person shall drive a school bus at a speed greater than a
   maximum of fifty (50) miles per hour except on turnpikes and
   interstate highways where the maximum shall be sixty-five (65) miles
   per hour;
   
   5. On any highway outside of a municipality, the speed limit in a
   properly marked school zone shall be a maximum of twenty-five (25)
   miles per hour, provided the zone is marked with appropriate warning
   signs placed in accordance with the latest edition of the Manual on
   Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The Oklahoma Department of
   Transportation may determine on the basis of an engineering and
   traffic investigation that a speed limit higher than twenty-five (25)
   miles per hour may be reasonable and safe under conditions as they
   exist upon a highway, and post an alternative school zone speed limit.
   The Department of Transportation shall mark such school zones, or
   entrances and exits onto highways by buses or students, so that the
   maximum speed provided by this section shall be established therein.
   Exits and entrances to controlled-access highways which are within
   such school zones shall be marked in the same manner as other
   highways. The county commissioners shall mark such school zones along
   the county roads so that the maximum speed provided by this section
   shall be established therein. Said signs may be either permanent or
   temporary. The Department of Transportation shall give priority over
   all other signing projects to the foregoing duty to mark school zones.
   The Department shall also provide other safety devices for school
   zones which are needed in the opinion of the Department;
   
   6. No person shall drive any vehicle at a greater maximum speed than
   twenty-five (25) miles per hour or a posted alternative school zone
   speed limit through state schools located on the state-owned land
   adjoining or outside the limits of a corporate city or town where a
   state educational institution is established;
   
   7. No person shall drive any vehicle on a highway in any state park or
   wildlife refuge at a rate of speed in excess of thirty-five (35) miles
   per hour. Provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall
   not include the State Capitol park area, and no person shall drive any
   vehicle at a rate of speed in excess of forty-five (45) miles per hour
   on any state or federal designated highway within such areas; and
   
   8. No person shall drive any vehicle or combination of vehicles with
   solid rubber or metal tires at a speed greater than the maximum of ten
   (10) miles per hour.
   
   The maximum speed limits set forth in this act may be altered as
   authorized in Sections 11-802 and 11-803 of this title.
   
   C. The Transportation Commission is hereby authorized to prescribe
   maximum and minimum speeds for all vehicles and any combinations of
   vehicles using controlled-access highways. Such regulations shall
   become effective after signs have been posted on these highways giving
   notice thereof. Such regulations may apply to an entirely
   controlled-access highway or to selected sections thereof as may be
   designated by the Transportation Commission. It shall be a violation
   of this section to drive any vehicle at a faster rate of speed than
   such prescribed maximum or at a slower rate of speed than such
   prescribed minimum. However, all vehicles shall at all times conform
   to subsection A of this section.
   
   Copies of such regulations certified as in effect on any particular
   date by the Secretary of the Transportation Commission shall be
   accepted as evidence in any court in this state. Whenever changes have
   been made in speed zones, copies of such regulations shall be filed
   with the State Commissioner of Public Safety.
   
   D. The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements
   of subsection A of this section, drive at an appropriate reduced speed
   when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade
   crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching
   a hillcrest, when driving upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when
   special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic, or
   by reason of weather or highway conditions.
   
   E. 1. No person shall drive a vehicle on a county road at a speed in
   excess of fifty-five (55) miles per hour unless posted otherwise by
   the board of county commissioners, as provided in subparagraphs a
   through c of this paragraph, as follows:
   
    a. the board of county commissioners may determine, by resolution, a
       maximum speed limit which shall apply to all county roads which
       are not otherwise posted for speed,
    b. the board of county commissioners shall provide public notice of
       the speed limit on all nonposted roads by publication in a
       newspaper of general circulation in the county. The notice shall
       be published once weekly for a period of four (4) continuous
       weeks, and
    c. the board of county commissioners shall forward the resolution to
       the Director of the Department of Transportation and to the
       Commissioner of Public Safety.
       
   2. The Department of Transportation shall post speed limit
   information, as determined pursuant to the provisions of subparagraphs
   a through c of paragraph 1 of this subsection, on the county line
   marker where any state highway enters a county and at all off-ramps
   where interstate highways or turnpikes enter a county. The signs shall
   read as follows:
   
                          ENTERING ________ COUNTY
                                      
                          COUNTY ROAD SPEED LIMIT
                                      
                                  ____ MPH
                                      
                          UNLESS POSTED OTHERWISE
                                      
   The appropriate board of county commissioners shall reimburse the
   Department of Transportation the full cost of the signage required
   herein.
   

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