Do you know the answer to this simple speed limit question?

·News Reporter
·3-min read

There are plenty of urban myths floating around about what the true speed limit is on the roads and a question posed by New South Wales Police on Facebook has stirred up the conversation once again.

In a question posted by Ryde Police Area Command, a picture features a car towing a boat in the left lane being followed by a blue car in the right lane.

“If the speed limit is 100km/h, what speed can the blue car travel at to overtake the other car?”

How would you answer this question?

Question posed to Facebook users. Source: Ryde Police Area Command
The question Ryde Police posed to Facebook users. Source: Ryde Police Area Command

'Whatever it takes!'

There was no shortage of different answers given by drivers who were keen to guess what the correct answer was.

Several users played the safe option expecting the answer to be 100km/h as going over the given speed limit would be classed as speeding.

Others assumed that some leeway would be given by creeping past the speed with some suggesting that hitting 110km/h or 120km/h would be thought to be acceptable.

However, some people thought the situation itself was perplexing with one user calling for drivers to “call 000” and “pull over that nuthead towing a boat at 100km/h in the slow lane”.

Some users were prepared to go even further than calling the cops with one person declaring to do “whatever it takes” to pass the car in the left-hand lane.

So who is correct in this speed limit debate?

Speed limit sign on roadside. Source: Getty Images
Drivers are expected to stick to speed limits no matter what they believe. Source: Getty Images

Don’t break speeding road rules

Even though many believe there is some leeway given to slightly surpassing the speed limit, drivers can be punished for clocking any speed over the stated limit meaning that the answer is 100km/h.

It can be costly for drivers to ignore speed limits too as the penalties are severe for anyone who is caught speeding on the roads.

NSW Police have an array of punishments that can be dished out to motorists caught speeding depending on how fast they are travelling with some outcomes including:

  • One demerit point and a $123 fine for speeding up to 10km/h over the limit

  • Three demerit points and a $285 fine for going 11-20km/h over the limit

  • A minimum of four demerit points and a $489 fine for going 20km/h or more over the limit

To add further insult to injury, the authorities can also give double demerit points to someone who has been caught speeding within the past 12 months.

With that in mind, it is best to ignore myths surrounding speed limits and stick to what is stated on the roads if you want to avoid any penalties from NSW Police while driving.

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