How are speed limits set?

Maryland vehicle law sets basic speed limits for various classes of streets and highways. The law provides that these limits can be raised or lowered, based on the results of traffic engineering studies.

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1. Why are there paint marks in the road?
2. What are the little flags in my front yard?
3. Is the road going to be widened?
4. County water is running across my property - can I get it diverted somewhere else?
5. How can I get a signal constructed at an intersection?
6. Where can I find a list of roads closed due to weather, construction, or special events?
7. How are speed limits set?
8. What conditions influence speed limits?
9. What is a traffic engineering study?
10. What is the 85th percentile speed?