Article 1. Generally - California Vehicle Code Section 22356

22356.  (a) Whenever the Department of Transportation, after
consultation with the Department of the California Highway Patrol,
determines upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey on
existing highway segments, or upon the basis of appropriate design
standards and projected traffic volumes in the case of newly
constructed highway segments, that a speed greater than 65 miles per
hour would facilitate the orderly movement of vehicular traffic and
would be reasonable and safe upon any state highway, or portion
thereof, that is otherwise subject to a maximum speed limit of 65
miles per hour, the Department of Transportation, with the approval
of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, may declare a
higher maximum speed of 70 miles per hour for vehicles not subject to
Section 22406, and shall cause appropriate signs to be erected
giving notice thereof. The Department of Transportation shall only
make a determination under this section that is fully consistent
with, and in full compliance with, federal law.
   (b) No person shall drive a vehicle upon that highway at a speed
greater than 70 miles per hour, as posted.
   (c) This section shall become operative on the date specified in
subdivision (c) of Section 22366.

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