America's Ten Most Ridiculously Low Speed Limits

We all know speeding is very deadly and dangerous, but what are you supposed to do when you’re faced with ridiculously low speed limits like the ten listed below?

10.) DC’s Capital BeltWay 55 MPH Limit


Outside of rush hour traffic, 55 might seem reasonable. Then you attempt to merge and everyone around you is flying by at nearly 20 over. It makes for an incredibly dangerous situation. Why don’t traffic engineers take this kind of stuff into consideration?

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9.) 5 MPH EZ-Pass Toll Lanes

Maybe back in the days of extremely limited technology was it necessary for drivers to go through these toll plaza lanes at 5 MPH, but still now in 2015? I say down with the 5 MPH toll lanes!

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8.) New Jersey’s I-295 45 MPH Speed Limit


It seems that in New Jersey there are so many examples of ‘non-existent’ construction zones that never seem to have any actual work being done. Specifically on this road, the speed limit drops from 65 to 55 to 45 for construction zones. If there wasn’t one of those white Crown Vics sitting in the middle of it all, I’d be in shock.

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7.) North Carolina’s US-1 60 MPH Speed Limit


This 60 MPH speed limit might not be so bad if the road wasn’t straight for twenty miles and if the police patrolling it were a tad more lenient. Reader Justin Westbrook has had his fair share of encounters with the local law enforcers:

I’ve been waiting for this.

US1 From Sanford (Tramway), NC to Aberdeen, NC. It is 60mph on a stretch of road with one major intersection with 15-501 (where there is a light close to Tramway) and then miles of near-nothing, save for a few exits. It’s a four lane highway, which on the other side of Sanford goes up to 70mph through 6 consecutive city exits for Sanford. So 60mph for 20 miles and a few exits, 70mph for 5 miles and 6 exits. What. I’ve gotten 2 tickets on this road for going 70. Speedtrap.


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6.) California’s 101 Freeway 55 MPH Speed Limit


Don’t you love when almost all of the highways in the state are enforced with one speed limit, then you get to one indifferent stretch of road that has a poorly marked lower speed limit? I guess the Highway Patrol has to meet their quotas somehow.

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5.) Virginia’s I-395/I-95 55 MPH Speed Limit


Never speed in Virginia. We all know that. I’m just going to let reader XYCromersome directly share his frustration:

I-395 into I-95 through Northern Virginia.

We have a 4 lane wide mega highway WITH EXPRESS LANES to deal with DC congestion and we still have the dumb Speed Limit at 55 mph. Not only that, everyone is so afraid of Virginia’s Highway Gustapo Police Force, they drive 5-10mph BELOW the speed limit. On clear day, doing maybe 70 mph, it takes 10-15 minutes to get from the edge of the beltway to downtown. With the speed limit and people, it’s a 1-2 hour ordeal EVERY. DAMN. DAY.


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4.) Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon 30 MPH Speed Limit


The Tail of the Dragon is an 11 mile road with 318 corners and a speed limit of 30 MPH for half of it. Could you imagine being speed restricted on a road like that? Oh wait...


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3.) Nevada Desert’s 75 MPH Limit


It’s stunning how mind-numbingly boring it can be to a travel on a straight road for miles on miles on miles. Nevada’s 75 MPH speed limit doesn’t help either.

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2.) New York’s Ocean Parkway 25 MPH Speed Limit


As part of “Vision Zero”, an initiative led by Mayor Bill DeBlasio to lower the amount of traffic and pedestrian deaths to zero, the Mayor’s Office and the NYC Department of Transportation have lowered the speed limits on almost all local NYC streets to a blistering 25 MPH.

It’s already insanely hard to follow on the streets of midtown, but on Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway, a major arterial road that basically cuts directly through Brooklyn? Come on.


Is there really anyone following this law?


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1.) Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway’s 45 MPH Limit


The Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway is most well known for its beautifully scenic views, demanding corners and its diverse road dynamics. Unfortunately at its most generous speed of 45 MPH, not much of that matters.

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