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Basic Speed Rule does not allow speeding

Does driving "with the flow of traffic" allow you to speed? 

— Jill W., Medford

Alas, Jill, driving with the flow of traffic is not a reasonable excuse for speeding. In fact, there's even a rule about it.

The Basic Speed Rule governs all travel on public streets and highways. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation website, the Basic Speed Rule states a motorist must drive at a reasonable speed at all times while considering traffic, dangers at intersections, road and weather conditions and anything else that could affect safety and speed. Motorists are expected to use good judgment when selecting how fast they drive.

However, in no uncertain terms, it's stated, "The Basic Speed Rule does not authorize a driver to exceed the posted speed." 

If you are charged with violating this rule, the posted speed limit is the main evidence used to show you exceeded the Basic Speed Rule. If this happens, it is up to you — the driver — to prove you were driving in a reasonable manner for the road conditions at the time.— Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. To see a collection of columns, go to mailtribune.com/youasked. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.