S.F. No. 1467, 1st Engrossment - 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) Posted on Mar 30, 2009
1.1A bill for an act1.2relating to traffic regulations; amending provisions related to speed limits;
1.3amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 169.011, subdivisions 64, 90, by
1.4adding a subdivision; 169.14, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision.
1.5BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.6 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.011, subdivision 64, is amended to
1.8 Subd. 64. Residential roadway. "Residential roadway" means a city street
1.11 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.011, is amended by adding a subdivision
1.13 Subd. 69a. Rural residential district. (a) "Rural residential district" means the
1.14territory contiguous to and including any city street or town road that is built up with
1.15visible dwelling houses situated at intervals averaging 300 feet or less for a distance of a
1.16quarter of a mile or more.
1.17(b) For purposes of this subdivision, "interval" means the distance, measured along
1.18the centerline of the roadway, between the primary access points for adjacent dwelling
1.19houses, regardless of whether the dwelling houses are located on the same side of the road.
1.20 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.011, subdivision 90, is amended to read:
1.21 Subd. 90. Urban district. "Urban district" means the territory contiguous to and
1.22including any street
2.1industry, or dwelling houses situated at intervals of less than 100 feet for a distance of a
2.2quarter of a mile or more.
2.3 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.14, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
2.4 Subd. 2. Speed limits. (a) Where no special hazard exists the following speeds
2.5shall be lawful, but any speeds in excess of such limits shall be prima facie evidence
2.6that the speed is not reasonable or prudent and that it is unlawful; except that the speed
2.7limit within any municipality shall be a maximum limit and any speed in excess thereof
2.8shall be unlawful:
2.9 (1) 30 miles per hour in an urban district
2.11 (2) 65 miles per hour on noninterstate expressways, as defined in section
2.12subdivision 18b, and noninterstate freeways, as defined in section
2.13 (3) 55 miles per hour in locations other than those specified in this section;
2.14 (4) 70 miles per hour on interstate highways outside the limits of any urbanized area
2.15with a population of greater than 50,000 as defined by order of the commissioner of
2.17 (5) 65 miles per hour on interstate highways inside the limits of any urbanized area
2.18with a population of greater than 50,000 as defined by order of the commissioner of
2.20 (6) ten miles per hour in alleys;
2.21 (7) 25 miles per hour in residential roadways if adopted by the road authority having
2.22jurisdiction over the residential roadway; and
2.23(8) 35 miles per hour in a rural residential district if adopted by the road authority
2.24having jurisdiction over the rural residential district.
2.25 (b) A speed limit adopted under paragraph (a), clause (7), is not effective unless the
2.26road authority has erected signs designating the speed limit and indicating the beginning
2.27and end of the residential roadway on which the speed limit applies.
2.32road authority has erected signs designating the speed limit and indicating the beginning
2.33and end of the rural residential district for the roadway on which the speed limit applies.
2.34 (d) Notwithstanding section
2.35a person who violates a speed limit established in this subdivision, or a speed limit
3.1designated on an appropriate sign under subdivision 4, 5, 5b, 5c, or 5e, by driving 20 miles
3.2per hour or more in excess of the applicable speed limit, is assessed an additional surcharge
3.3equal to the amount of the fine imposed for the speed violation, but not less than $25.
3.4 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.14, is amended by adding a subdivision
3.6 Subd. 5f. Speed limits on certain rural residential districts. (a) A rural residential
3.7district existing and lawfully signed before August 1, 2009, continues to qualify as a
3.8rural residential district.
3.9(b) A rural residential district existing and lawfully signed before August 1, 2009, is
3.10subject to the speed limit signed before August 1, 2009.
3.11EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective August 1, 2009. Paragraph (b)
3.12expires when the speed limit signs erected before August 1, 2009, are replaced.