Puerto Rico Speed Limit
What is the Puerto Rico speed limit?
Puerto Rico traffic laws define the maximum speed that any motorist travelling on Puerto Rico roadways can legally drive. Driving over the Puerto Rico speed limit can result in a traffic citation, fine, license suspension, or even arrest.
In Puerto Rico the speed for school zones is 25mph, urban areas have a speed limit of 25 in urban zones. In rural areas the speed limit is 45mph. Vehicles with solid tires cannot be driven faster than 10mph.
Puerto Rico has a relatively low maximum speed limit. There are a total of 40 states that have higher maximum speed limits than the Puerto Rico top speed of 65 miles per hour.
Puerto Rico Speed Limit - Rural Freeways
The maximum speed limit on rural freeways and interstates in Puerto Rico is 65 miles per hour. "Rural freeways" are the sections of major highways that passing through rural and sparsely populated areas, and can safely allow faster driving. Rural highways will generally have the highest legal speed limits in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Speed Limit - Undivided Roads
The maximum speed limit on rural undivided roads roads in Puerto Rico is 55 miles per hour. This category includes most small backroads and local routes.
When these routes pass through a residential or heavily-trafficked area, the speed limit will usually drop to 35 mph or below.
Puerto Rico Speed Limit - Residential Areas
The maximum speed limit on residential roads in Puerto Rico is 35 miles per hour. Residential roads have the most potential for speed-based accidents and collisions, so residential districts tend to have the lowest speed limits with the most strict enforcement policies.
When driving in residential areas be on the lookout for school, hospital, and construction zones. These areas often have even lower speed limits, with strict enforcement and heavy fines for speeding.
Puerto Rico Speeding Tickets and Citations
Driving over the posted speed limit, driving too fast for conditions, or failing to obey special speed limit zones can result in a Puerto Rico speeding ticket, points on your license, and even a license suspension or revocation for repeat offenders.
Puerto Rico highway patrol officers monitor traffic using radar, speed traps, and cameras. Radar technology is not exact, and as a general rule an officer will not pull you over for exceeding the speed limit by less than 5 mph (70 mph on a rural freeway, or 60 mph on an rural undivided road). However, any speeds in excess of the posted speed limits can be considered a ticketable offence.