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Read These Astonishing Speeding Ticket Facts!

By Joe Eagen

On average, over 100,000 drivers get speeding tickets every day. Thats 36,500,000 traffic tickets yearly.

That means 1 in 6 people will get a speeding ticket this year.

The average speeding ticket costs $150.00.

Almost 5 and one half BILLION dollars a year are generated just from speeding fines. $150 x 36,500,000= $5,475,000,000!

The average raise in insurance costs for one speeding ticket over the course of 3 years is $900.00.

Multiply 900 by 36,500,000 and you get $3,285,000,000 (3.28 BILLION dollars) in extra insurance money the insurance industry makes in a single year just from speeding tickets.

Most people simply pay their speeding tickets instead of fighting it in traffic court. (over 95%!)

A lot of the 5% who do fight their ticket will either get reduced charges, or the ticket dismissed altogether.

There are almost 200,000,000 licensed drivers currently in the US.

Immediate grounds for dismissal of a traffic ticket is the officer not showing up to traffic court. This happens 40% of the time.

Paradise Valley, Arizona, in 1987 became the first town in America to use photo radar.

Brooklyn, Ohio became the first city to mandate seat belts while driving back in 1966.

The demographic that receives more speeding tickets are the 17 to 24 year drivers.

More males than females receive speeding citations.

Conversely more women than men will fight their traffic tickets.

17 year olds cause more traffic accidents than any other age.

In 1879 two men in Seattle Washington were ticketed for speeding horses.

The first automobile made by Henry Ford in 1894 only went forward.

Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar. In 1868, a lantern with red and green signals was used at a London intersection to control the flow of horse buggies and pedestrians.

Since 1999, Washington, D.C. cameras have issued 2,421,841 tickets worth $182 million.

The earliest known speeding ticket on file was issued in 1910 to the Prime Minister of Canada’s wife. She was traveling at a whopping 10 mph over the limit.

Out of all professions, doctors get the most speeding tickets.

In salary and benefits an average police officer will cost a city around $75,000 a year. He will also make the town an average of $150,000 in that same year. Cops are good investments.

The top 10 states for giving out speeding tickets are:

1. Ohio 2. Pennsylvania 3. New York 4. California 5. Texas 6. Georgia 7. Virginia 8. North Carolina 9. Massachusetts 10. Connecticut

Learn how to fight your speeding ticket in traffic court. Stop by Joe Eagen’s site where you can find a lot more advice to help you challenge your traffic violations successfully.

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Eagen, Joe "Read These Astonishing Speeding Ticket Facts!." Read These Astonishing Speeding Ticket Facts!. 25 Aug. 2010. 3 Dec 2014 <>.

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