It’s happened to all of us at some point in time. You’re driving along with the windows down and the wind whipping around, just enjoying your day, or maybe you left your house just a few minutes too late and the boss has been on your case lately about your "tardiness." Either way, those flashing blue and red lights look the same and you spend the next 30 minutes of your time trying to talk yourself out of the ticket and waiting in your car until the police officer finishes whatever they do for the eternity they spend sitting in their cruiser.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathers all kinds of information over a few years to get a good idea of the number of tickets issued and what that translates into when it comes to money. Every year roughly 41,000,000 Americans receive a speeding ticket, translating into one ticket for every second of every day that ticks by, and the average ticket is about $150. Okay Mathematicians, that’s about $6.15 Billion for speeding fines alone. $6.15 Billion. And that doesn’t include the money raked in by insurance companies when those little tickets hit their systems. The average person’s insurance goes up by about $900 for one speeding ticket received in a span of three years.

So, how do we avoid getting speeding tickets? Okay, the only real answer is to not speed, but if you must then you should probably move to a place where the fine is a little tamer than others. In Tennessee and Connecticut, the first violation of speed will only get you a fine of $50, while Pennsylvania will only charge you $42 for your first. The lowest speeding ticket assigned for the first violation is awarded to North Dakota, who only dishes out a $20 ticket.

Live in New York? That’s a whopping $600 fine for your first offense. Utah gets even worse at $750. Want to get a killer speeding ticket for your first offense? Bog down in Illinois, Nevada, or New Hampshire to receive a $1,000 speeding ticket, and that’s only for your first time.

The moral of the story is to be safe and not speed. Of course, if that’s not enough to convince you, then check out more of the specifics in the images provided.

Speeding Sucks When You Get the Bill: Here's a Breakdown
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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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  (570) posted on 07.7.2011

:hmm. It seems that the government is earning a lot from this the speed tickets! However, it makes me wonder on what’s the used of 800 hp if the road has a speed limit?

  (410) posted on 07.7.2011

Well, it seems that ticketing speed has no match with the high speed performing vehicle! I think the government should provide an high speed car for the police officer to chase the violators.

  (401) posted on 05.24.2011

Agreed, but that one will probably be the hardest part of this whole matter. Let’s face it, a lot of people usually don’t care about the ticket and still repeat the offense.

  (530) posted on 05.20.2011

Well, in this case, it all boil down to driver discipline really. If you don’t want to get a speeding ticket then you shouldn’t go crazy when pressing on the accelerator.

  (415) posted on 05.18.2011

So how do we solve the problem of speeding? Putting speed limiters on cars would be possible, but highly impractical. On the other hand, trying to control people would be close to impossible.

  (394) posted on 05.18.2011

Yeah, I would agree. There are quite many things that can make a lot of drivers push the pedal harder than they should. But I think that the best way to avoid speeding is to simply be well aware of the limit.

  (488) posted on 05.17.2011

Definitely, but the big problem is that a lot of people can’t get rid of the temptation of speeding. Maybe it’s because of the necessity of it or simply the sheer excitement, but they seem to be too twitchy with the accelerator.

  (377) posted on 05.17.2011

Wow! Imagine the government earned around $ 6 billion for speeding tickets fines!
I guess this is one of the major reason on why this country is a rich ! Lol BTW, I think the major reason why there are lot of people that try to break the speeding rule is because the road in US is kind of wide and no freaking traffic there!

  (276) posted on 05.17.2011

Well, I would agree that speeding certainly . But there is really more to it than just the tickets. If you really go with it the wrong way, you would probably be taking care of the hospital bills as well.

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