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What States Are You Most Likely To Get A Speeding Ticket In?

Posted in driving, General, Legal, Lists, Police, Safety by Kurt Ernst | July 3rd, 2010 | 2 Responses |

'Why yes, they are real. And they're spectacular.'

The National Motorists Association may not get the press of the National Rifle Association or Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, but the group has been fighting for years to promote rational traffic laws, eliminate speed traps and do away with camera based ticketing systems. Just in time for the summer holiday season, the group has released a ranking of states issuing the highest number of speeding tickets.

Compiling the data proved to be difficult, since most states and municipalities are reluctant to publish data on ticketing motorists. The NMA compiled the data and then compared it to actual experiences from NMA members, validating their rankings.

You can get the complete list here, but below are the ten states where you need to be less enthusiastic with your application of the fun pedal:

1. Florida
2. Georgia, Nevada (tie)
4. Texas
5. Alabama
6. Missouri
7. New York
8.) North Carolina
9. Washington D.C
10. New Jersey

It’s no coincidence that 6 out of the top 10 states are in the South. Get pulled over in Georgia or Florida, and your N.Y.P.D. Policeman’s Benevolent Association card isn’t going to do you any good. Florida seems to ticket drivers more intensively south of Daytona Beach (and in Orlando, of course), while drivers in Jacksonville seem to invent traffic laws without penalty.

In case you’ve got the urge to drop the hammer in your ZR1 Corvette, these states are the least likely to care about it:

42. New Mexico
43. Nebraska
44. Idaho
45. West Virginia
46. Maine
47, Alaska
48. South Dakota
49. North Dakota
50. Wyoming
51. Montana

Yes, I’m aware that we only have 50 states, not 51, but the NMA included the District of Columbia, hence the reason for 51 listings.

One of the cars I’m testing this week is the new Cadillac CTS-V, which bills itself as the “fastest production sedan in the world”. I wonder how long it would take me to drive to Montana?

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2 Responses

  1. DaveMofo says:

    Makes sense that Tx is #2. Unless, of course, you reside in DFW or Houston. Doing the speed limit or less will get you flippedoff/cursed at/ran off of road/pulled over for impeding the flow of traffic. Our cops are pretty damn cool!

  2. Dan says:

    I have driven through southern Alabama many times and have never even seen a state trooper, even on I 10. I have only rarely seen a county/city car. I wonder how they are #5?