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39:4-98.3, 39:4-98.5 Sixty-Five MPH Speed Limit

39:4-98.3. 39:4-98.5. Sixty-Five MPH Speed Limit. fines doubled

Fine $50 $200 plus court costs, jail not exceeding 15 days, or both
when guilty. Fine doubled
when driving 20 mph over.

Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit             2points 

Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit    4  points

Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit           5 points

Short title 2. This act may be known and shall be cited as the Sixty-Five MPH Speed Limit Implementation Act.

L.1997, c.415, s.2.

39:4-98.4. Definitions relative to 65 mph speed limit 3. As used in this act:

Authorities means the New Jersey Highway Authority, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority.

Commissioner means the Commissioner of Transportation.

Eligible public highways means public highways as defined in section 3 of P.L. 1984, c. 73 (C. 27:1B-3) of which portions have been determined by the commissioner to be appropriate for a 65 miles per hour speed limit based on such criteria as determined by the commissioner. Public highways under the jurisdiction of counties and municipalities shall not be eligible public highways.

L.1997, c.415, s.3.

39:4-98.5. Speed limit of 65 mph established, certain highways 4. a. Within four months following the effective date of this act, the commissioner, in consultation with the Attorney General and the authorities, shall establish by written order speed limits of 65 miles per hour on approximately 400 miles of eligible public highways. The commissioner, pursuant to section 7 of this act, may increase or decrease the number of miles of eligible public highways on which a 65 miles per hour speed limit has been established.

b. An order to be issued pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall cite the eligible public highways to which it is to be applicable and contain a description in plain language of the order's contents, the effective date of the order and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.

c. The commissioner shall cause a general public notice of the proposed order, including a summary of the provisions of the proposed order, to be published in a newspaper or newspapers having general circulation in the municipality or municipalities affected by the order. The notice shall include a telephone number or address which a member of the public may use to receive a copy of the complete text of the proposed order and shall provide for a 30-day period from the date of publication for public comment. The order shall be final on the 31st day after publication of the notice or on a later date if the commissioner so determines. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as prohibiting the commissioner from extending the comment period or from modifying or withdrawing the proposed order as a result of the review of public comment.

d. A final order shall be effective and enforceable upon compliance with the requirement for the posting of signs providing notice of the speed limit, as provided under the applicable provisions of R.S. 39:4-98 and R.S. 39:4-198.

e. Any official traffic control device established pursuant to this section shall conform to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

f. Any order issued pursuant to this section shall be binding and enforceable under the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes and all other applicable laws, in any court of competent jurisdiction, until superseded by order of the commissioner pursuant to this act.

L.1997, c.415, s.4. 39:4-98.6. Certain fines doubled where speed limit is 65 mph 5. a. The fine for a motor vehicle offense embodied in the following sections of statutory law, when committed in an area which has been designated as having a speed limit of 65 miles per hour, shall be double the amount specified by law:

R.S. 39:4-52;

R.S. 39:4-57;

R.S. 39:4-80;

R.S. 39:4-81;

R.S. 39:4-84;

R.S. 39:4-85;

R.S. 39:4-86;

R.S. 39:4-88;

R.S. 39:4-89;

R.S. 39:4-90;

R.S. 39:4-96;

R.S. 39:4-97;

R.S. 39:4-98, when guilty of driving at a speed that is 10 miles per hour or more over the established speed limit;

R.S. 39:4-126;

R.S. 39:4-127;

R.S. 39:4-129;

R.S. 39:4-144;

P.L. 1955, c.217 (C. 39:5C-1);

Section 41 of P.L. 1951, c.23 (C.39:4-82.1);

Section 51 of P.L. 1951, c.23 (C.39:4-90.1);

Section 5 of P.L. 1951, c.264 (C.27:23-29);

Section 18 of P.L. 1952, c.16 (C. 27:12B-18); and

Section 21 of P.L. 1991, c.252 (C. 27:25A-21).

b. (1) Signs designed in compliance with the specifications of the Department of Transportation or, if appropriate, the authority having jurisdiction over the appropriate highway, shall be appropriately placed, by order of the commissioner or the affected authority, as the case may be, to notify drivers approaching areas designated as having a speed limit of 65 miles per hour that the fines are doubled for motor vehicle offenses in those areas.

(2) In addition, all traffic control signs and devices erected or displayed by the State Department of Transportation or an authority within an area designated as having a speed limit of 65 miles per hour shall conform to the uniform system specified in the most current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, prepared by the Federal Highway Administration in the United States Department of Transportation.

c. It shall not be a defense to the imposition of the fines authorized under the provisions of this act that a sign notifying drivers that fines are doubled was not posted, improperly posted, wrongfully removed or stolen, or that signs or devices were not placed in compliance with the most current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.

d. The Director of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Transportation shall include information concerning the penalties imposed pursuant to this section in any subsequent revision of the New Jersey Driver Manual and the New Jersey Motorist Guide.

L.1997, c.415, s.5.

39:4-98.7. Speeding 20 mph or more over limit; fines, certain; doubled 6. The fine for a motor vehicle offense shall be double the amount specified by law when traveling 20 miles per hour or more over the designated speed limit as set forth in R.S. 39:4-98, except as provided in subsection b. of section 1 of P.L. 1993, c.332 (C.39:4-203.5) and subsection a. of section 5 of P.L. 1997, c.415 (C.39:4-98.6).

L.1997, c.415, s.6.

39:4-98.8. Study to determine effect of 65 mph speed limit; report; implementation 7. a. During the first 18 months following the establishment of 65 miles per hour speed limits on eligible public highways pursuant to section 4 of this act, the commissioner, in consultation with the Attorney General and the authorities, shall conduct a study to determine the overall impact of this act. The study shall consider public safety, environmental and cost issues, including, but not limited to speed, accident rates, fatalities, enforcement, air quality and such other issues as the commissioner deems appropriate to evaluate fully the effect of the 65 miles per hour speed limit on the State.

B. A report of the study's findings and recommendations, including a recommendation as to whether the number of miles of eligible public highways should increase, decrease or remain the same, shall be submitted to the Governor, President of the Senate and Speaker of the General Assembly no later than 21 months after the establishment of 65 miles per hour speed limits on eligible public highways pursuant to section 4 of this act.

c. The commissioner shall implement the recommendations contained in the report 60 days following the report's submission to the Governor and Legislature unless the recommendations, either all or in part, are disapproved each by the Senate and the General Assembly by passage of a concurrent resolution stating, in substance, that the Legislature does not favor the recommendations. If the recommendations are disapproved in part by concurrent resolution, the commissioner shall implement those recommendations that are not disapproved.

L.1997, c.415, s.7. 39:4-98.9. Emergency orders 8. a. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the commissioner is authorized to set or change by emergency order, for periods of up to 60 days, the speed limit on any public highway based on emergent conditions, such as construction work, dangerous conditions, extreme congestion or traffic problems, imminent peril, or imminent risk to motorists or to the public safety.

b. An emergency order issued pursuant to this section shall cite the portions of public highway to which it is to be applicable, a description in plain language of what the order requires, the effective date of the order, and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.

c. An emergency order issued pursuant to this section shall be final upon the signature of the commissioner, or on a later date if the commissioner so determines, and shall be effective and enforceable upon compliance with the requirement for the posting of signs providing notice of the speed limit, as provided under the applicable provisions of R.S. 39:4-98 and R.S. 39:4-198.

d. An emergency order issued pursuant to this section may, upon its expiration date, be renewed by the commissioner for additional 60-day periods, until the emergent condition necessitating the emergency order is mitigated.

e. Any official traffic control device established pursuant to this section shall conform to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

L.1997, c.415, s.8.

39:4-99. Exceeding speed limitations; speed specified in charge It shall be prima facie unlawful for a person to exceed any of the foregoing speed limitations or any speed limitation in effect as established by authority of section 39:4-98 of this Title.

In every charge of violation of section 39:4-98 of this Title, the complaint and the summons or notice to appear, shall specify the speed at which the defendant is alleged to have driven and the speed which this article declares shall be prima facie lawful at the time and place of the alleged violation.

Amended by L.1951, c. 23, p. 88, s. 56.


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