Traffic Tip: Prima facie speed limits

By David Brogger
Sept. 8, 2012 at 4:08 a.m.

This week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code, 545.352. Prima facie speed limits. (a) A speed in excess of the limits established by Subsection (b) or under another provision of this subchapter is prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable and prudent and that the speed is unlawful. (b) Unless a special hazard exists that requires a slower speed for compliance with Section 545.351(b), the following speeds are lawful: (1) 30 miles per hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley and 15 miles per hour in an alley.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

The Victoria Police Department has been receiving complaints in reference to people speeding through the neighborhood of Woodway, particularly in the mornings and afternoons. Drivers are cutting through Woodway in an attempt to avoid the traffic light at Zac Lentz Parkway and North MainStreet/Cuero Highway on their way to and from Victoria West High School and Cade Middle School.

Although there may not be posted speed limit signs in neighborhoods such as Woodway, there is a Prima Facie speed limit in Texas, which is 30 mph in an urban district when not posted otherwise.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit and patrol officers will be actively patrolling Woodway as well as numerous other neighborhoods to monitor any traffic law violators and issue citations when necessary.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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