Speed limits posted along interstates and highways in Montana are generally higher than what you'll find in most other states. The state is full of wide open spaces, and sometimes you can drive for miles without seeing another vehicle.

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For a long time, Montana didn't even have a speed limit, and if you did happen to get a ticket, you just paid the officer that pulled you over. It didn't even go on your driving record. Much has changed since those days, and if you put the pedal to the metal these days, you'll most likely pay a hefty fine.

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If you're traveling on Interstate 90 through Montana, the posted speed limit is 80 mph in most areas, but for some reason, a lot of people tend to go faster.

What Happens When You Get Pulled Over For Speeding in Montana?

According to TicketVoid.com, you have two options if you get a ticket in Montana. You can either pay the fine or fight it in court. Montana uses a driver’s license points penalty system to punish those who repeatedly violate traffic laws. If you get too many points, your license will be suspended. Earn 30 or more points in a 3-year period, and your license will be revoked for 3 full years.


Points Assessed For Each Moving Violation in Montana

  • Speeding – 3 points
  • Insurance violations – 4 points
  • Racing – 5 points
  • Reckless driving – 5 points
  • DUI – 10 points
  • Other moving violations – 2 points

Can You Legally Go 10 Miles Over The Speed Limit in Montana?

The simple answer is no, but there is one exception. According to Montana Code 61-8-303,

A vehicle subject to the speed limits imposed in subsection (1) may exceed the speed limits imposed in subsection (1) by 10 miles an hour in order to overtake and pass a vehicle and return safely to the right-hand lane under the following circumstances:

(a) while traveling on a two-lane road; and

(b) in a designated passing zone.


If you get caught speeding in Montana, you are most likely going to get pulled over and get a ticket.  Click here for more information regarding the state's speeding laws.

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