Highway Speed Limits Have Increased
After many years, and despite increases in personal injury and wrongful death associated with traffic speed rates, Oregon's highway speed limit has increased. Oregon law defines the maximum speed that a motorist travelling on Oregon roadways can legally drive without being cited or arrested. Driving over the Oregon speed limit can result in a traffic citation, fine, license suspension, or even criminal arrest. For example, there is a mandatory drivers suspension for driving over 100 mph even if passing or overtaking another vehicle and even in rural areas. This suspension is generally enforceable in other states by way of what is known as the Driver's License Compact. Under the Compact 46 states have agreed to enforce Oregon suspensions.
Speed and Traffic Caused Personal Injury
According to the US Department of Transportation, speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic accidents and at a tremendous cost in personal injury and wrongful death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the annual economic cost to society of speeding-related accidents is $40.4 billion. Speed not only substantially contributes to the likelihood of serious personal injury, but is a contributing factor to the cause of the accident in approximately 30 percent of all fatal crashes, those in which there is a death or a wrongful death, and more than 10,000 people die in speeding-related crashes annually in the United States. As a result of statistics likes these and the increased speed limits on some roadways in Oregon, law enforcement is strictly pursuing offenders.
What are Oregon's speed limits in Central an Eastern Oregon? The following is an ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation) statement about the changes: