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Basic Speeding Ticket and Traffic Laws in the State of West Virginia

Any basic speeding law states that drivers may not operate a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable under the existing conditions and hazards of the road. In West Virginia, a first time violator may be fined up to \$100 and may have his or her license suspended for up to one year. Our state has an “absolute” speed limit law, meaning that is a speed limit sign indicates that motorists are not to drive over a specific speed, any amount over that speed is a violation of the law. However, there are cases in which the accused speeder is not at fault, all of which are acceptable courses of defense:

  • Inaccurate determination of speed by the officer
  • Emergency conditions required additional speed to avoid injury
  • The officer may have mistaken your car for an actual speeding car

The Point System for Repeat Offenders

Like many states, West Virginia utilizes the point system to establish offenders who have frequent violations of traffic laws. When a driver has accumulated 12 points, he or she may be subject to a warning letter, probation for up to one year, or license suspension for up to one year. The following points have been assigned to speed related violations:

  • Reckless driving: 6 point
  • Speeding in a school zone: 6 points
  • Speeding more than 75 MPH on highways with a speed limit less than 65 MPH: 6 points
  • Speeding more than 80 MPH on highways with a speed limit of 65 MPH: 6 points
  • Driving too fast for conditions: 3 points
  • Speeding in excess of the speed limit where speed was less than 75 MPH: 3 points
  • Other moving violations: 2 points

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