Why are speed limits different on same stretch of road?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve on Thursday was asked, “Same stretch of road but different speed (limits). 561A from Scrub Jay Lane to North Hancock. East 55 mph, west 45 mph. Why?”

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“It’s not about where you’re coming from but where you are going,” Trooper Steve said. “I’m trying to make traffic sound a little inspirational, how’d I do?”

Trooper Steve said he enjoys scenario-based questions because they allow him to help drivers get results in the community.

“When driving on any road you should only be paying attention to the traffic signs that apply to you,” he said. “Speed limits are governed by local authorities. That authority could be a county or a city level administration.”

Depending on the direction of travel, and whether you’re entering a rural or residential area, could determine what the speed limit is.

“The opposing traffic speed limit could be different if the direction drivers are headed leads to a different type of community,” Trooper Steve said. “Just because you’re on the same road, the speed limit could be different if you’re headed in different directions.”


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About the Authors:

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on ClickOrlando.com, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.