reasonable speed
The speed at which it is safe to drive an automobile considering road conditions and other circumstances, such as rain, ice, heavy traffic, the vehicle's condition, or visability. Reasonable speed may be less than the posted speed limit. Drivers who exceed reasonable speed can be cited for speeding or may be found to be negligent even if they were driving within the posted speed limit.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

reasonable speed
n.
   the speed of an automobile determined to be lower than the posted speed limit due to the circumstances, such as rain, icy road, heavy traffic, poor condition of the vehicle or gloom of night. Exceeding reasonable speed under the circumstances can result in being cited for speeding. In the law of negligence, exceeding reasonable speed in the prevailing conditions may be found to be negligent even though below the speed limit.
   See also: negligence

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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