Question: Are orange signs supposed to be advisory or warning signs? Can you get a ticket for going the speed of the white sign when there are also some orange signs posted? I’ve seen some construction zones with white and orange signs posted 55 mph and then some orange signs with 35 mph speed signs. What is the legal speed limit?

Answer: The white speed limit signs are the official regulatory sign. The orange signs serve as a warning; even though they are not regulatory they are intended to provide clear instructions to help you drive safely. So if the posted speed limit is 55 mph, and you see an orange sign indicating 35 mph, I would recommend slowing to the indicated speed. Minnesota signs, signals, and pavement markings conform to the national standards. Sign Color Meanings:

Regulatory – Red: Prohibits and commands. White: Regulates.

Warning – Yellow: Warns. Yellow-green: Warns and controls pedestrian and bicycle crossings and school areas. Orange: Warns and control in construction zones

Informational – Green: Guides and informs. Blue: Describes services for motorists. Brown: Indicates historic, cultural, or recreational sites.

Always remember, you can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson at troy.christianson@state.mn.us.

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