City of Lincoln
10.14.250 Speed Regulated

(a) The maximum or minimum speed on any divided arterial highway which is a part of the state highway system, designed primarily for through traffic, with control of access and with grade separations at all intersecting road crossings, including all interchanges and approaches and exit roads thereto, and including any portion of the national system of interstate and defense highways meeting the requirements hereinbefore stated, shall be governed by state law, or as determined and declared by the Department of Roads of the State of Nebraska.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (a) of this section, it shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle on any street within the city to drive such vehicle at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing and except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed, the limits specified in this paragraph or established as hereinafter authorized in paragraph (c) of this section shall be maximum lawful speeds, and it shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle on any street within the city to drive such vehicle at a speed in excess of such maximum limits:

(1) Twenty-five miles per hour in the congested district;
(2) Thirty-five miles per hour on arterial streets outside of the congested district;
(3) Twenty-five miles per hour on all other streets.

(c) Whenever the Director of Public Works and Utilities shall determine on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation that the maximum speed permitted in paragraph (b) of this section is greater or less than is reasonable and safe under the conditions found to exist upon a street or part of a street, the Director of Public Works and Utilities shall determine and declare a maximum speed limit which shall be effective when appropriate signs giving notice thereof are erected upon such street or part of a street.

(d) Any person who violates any maximum speed limit established pursuant to this section for any street within the City shall be deemed guilty of a traffic infraction and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine as follows, recoverable with costs:

(1) Ten dollars for traveling one to five miles per hour over the authorized speed limit;
(2) Twenty-five dollars for traveling six to ten miles per hour over the authorized speed limit;
(3) Seventy-five dollars for traveling eleven to fifteen miles per hour over the authorized speed limit;
(4) One hundred twenty-five dollars for traveling sixteen to twenty miles per hour over the authorized speed limit; and
(5) Two hundred dollars for traveling twenty-one miles per hour or more over the authorized speed limit.

(e) The fines prescribed in subsection (d) of this section shall be doubled if the violation occurs within a maintenance, repair, or construction zone. Signs shall be placed within or in advance of maintenance, repair, or construction zones which provide information that the fines for exceeding the speed limit in such zones are doubled.

(f) The fines prescribed in subsection (d) of this section shall be doubled if the violation occurs within a school crossing zone.

(g) The provisions of this section shall not apply to racing permitted by the city or sponsored by the City. (Ord. 17227 §3; August 4, 1997: prior Ord. 17004 §5; June 17, 1996: Ord. 15634 §25; July 9, 1990: P.C. §10.32.200: Ord. 12519 §2; March 12, 1979: Ord. 8983 §3; April 11, 1966: Ord. 8926 §4; February 14, 1966: Ord. 8282 §40; December 16, 1963: Ord. 7794 §14; July 16, 1962: Ord. 7688 §1; April 9, 1962: Ord. 5699 §702, as amended by Ord. 6516; December 17, 1956).

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