The finance savvy folks at WalletHub have put together a complex study of which U.S. states are the worst for getting speeding tickets.
And they found that the worst state for tickets was Colorado, second spot went to Illinois, tied with Delaware, Arizona and New Mexico. The company looked at 12 key metrics across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
According to the study, Illinois residents can get in trouble with the law easier than the other states. In the Land of Lincoln, the law enforcement automatically considers speeding reckless driving, and as a result, it incurs the highest maximum fine. If you get a second speeding ticket, your pocket will feel it.
Reckless driving will also get you a 3 months suspension in Illinois while in Colorado the judge can put you up to 10 days in jail.
The study also found that 75% of states have “absolute” speed limits, meaning just by going over the limit, the state has enough to convict you of speeding. The rest of the states have more relaxed laws where one could argue in court that speeding was reasonable.
Across the country, the average maximum cost of a speeding ticket is $742. The highest is Washington state, where you could incur up to $5,000 on a single ticket. Kentucky, Mississippi, and New Mexico are all tied for the lowest, with a $100 maximum fine.
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