LAX speed limit

Because I travel for work on a very regular basis, I spend a lot of time at LAX. Most of the time I park off-airport at The Parking Spot, but on occasion I park at the airport, and many times I get bribed into taking my friends there or picking them up, so I’m pretty familiar with the finer points of navigating the airport area. That’s why I was surprised today to be pulled over by an LAPD officer as I pulled into the terminal area and drove past terminal 1. As I hadn’t done anything wrong that I was aware of, I asked what had happened. He informed me that though they weren’t giving out tickets today, I’d been traveling “much faster than 25 MPH” when I’d passed him, and that’s why he’d pulled me over. He took my license and wrote some information down, then sent me on my way, ticketless (whew!).

As I drove through the airport, dropped my friend off at terminal 4, and drove exactly 25 MPH out of the airport, I looked for speed limit signs, but didn’t see any. A quick check of the LAX website didn’t locate any information on the subject. Does anyone know if this is a new thing (either the speed limit or the added enforcement)? I was too surprised at the time to ask the officer.

As an aside, I did find out that there’s a handy cell phone waiting lot located on Airport Blvd. where you can wait for your party instead of circling endlessly. I prefer to wait at Encounter, but it’s nice to know that there’s another option.

4 Replies to “LAX speed limit”

  1. I typically wait at the Starbucks in a shopping center just past the airport on Sepulveda. It looks to be right around the same area as the cell phone waiting lot…..but you can get coffee while you wait instead.

  2. It’s been a while since I’ve taken a look at the DMV handbook, but I’m guessing that there are some other things that determine the speed limit (road markings perhaps).

  3. That’s nothing. I’ve received a ticket for jaywalking at LAX. Jaywalking! They have crosswalks at LAX? The ticket cost me $85 and a lecture by the police officer.

  4. Calfornia Vehicle Code:

    22352. (a) The prima facie limits are as follows and shall be applicable unless changed as authorized in this code and, if so changed, only when signs have been erected giving notice thereof:

    […]

    (2) Twenty-five miles per hour:
    (A) On any highway other than a state highway, in any business or residence district unless a different speed is determined by local authority under procedures set forth in this code.


    So, aside from state highways, the speed limit in any business or residence district is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted.

    If there aren’t any speed limit signs at LAX, then the speed limit is 25 mph.

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