If you live and drive in Minnesota, chances are, you abide by the "5 MPH Over" rule. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you happen to be going between 1-5 MPH over the designated speed limit, you won't get a ticket, even if you pass a cop while doing so. But is that accurate?

KXRB logo
Get our free mobile app

Is it Legal to Drive 5 MPH Over the Speed Limit in Minnesota?

Credit: Canva
Credit: Canva

While the 5 MPH rule of thumb is generally accepted in Minnesota,, it's not the law. You can most definitely still get a ticket if you're traveling between 1-5 MPH over the speed limit in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.

Case and Point: All you have to do is look at this Minnesota state law, which states that anyone traveling between 1-10 MPH over the designated speed limit, could be subjected to a fine of $125.00.

However, Minnesota is one of only a few states in the U.S. where it is, in fact, legal to surpass the speed limit while passing on the highway or interstate, as this article from Direct Auto clearly shows.

Some states allow drivers to speed when passing slow vehicles. But, how fast can you go over the speed limit? It varies, but sometimes, when overtaking another car, you are allowed to exceed the speed limit by 10-15 mph. Typically, this applies to two-lane highways where the posted speed limit is 55 mph or higher. Some states that allow this are IdahoWyomingMinnesota, and Washington.

-Direct Auto Website

Read More: Can You Legally Drive 6 MPH Over the Speed Limit in South Dakota?

Story Sources: Minnesota House Research Website, Direct Auto Website, Itasca County Website

10 Smallest Towns In Minnesota 2022

Minnesota is the Land Of 10,000 Lakes and 853 towns. Even if you know the state well I'll bet you haven't even heard of Minnesota's 10 smallest towns.

More From KXRB