Worst State for Speeding Tickets

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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 …

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.

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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.

Overall Rank
(1=Strictest)
State Reckless Penalties
Rank
Speeding Enforcement
Rank
1 Colorado 2 10
2 Arizona 10 2
2 Delaware 1 23
2 Illinois 8 4
5 New Mexico 10 4
6 Virginia 8 14
7 Iowa 24 1
7 Massachusetts 2 31
9 Alabama 10 15
10 District Of Columbia 15 10
11 Arkansas 4 44
11 California 5 31
11 Oregon 19 7
11 Washington 19 7
15 West Virginia 6 31
16 Kansas 10 26
16 Maryland 27 7
18 Indiana 27 10
18 Missouri 41 2
18 North Carolina 15 19
21 Oklahoma 6 47
21 Wyoming 14 26
23 Hawaii 24 17
23 New York 41 6
25 Alaska 19 23
25 Louisiana 40 10
25 Maine 19 23
25 Vermont 15 31
29 Idaho 15 44
30 Tennessee 41 15
31 Connecticut 27 31
31 Georgia 27 31
31 Minnesota 27 31
31 Nevada 24 38
35 Florida 37 26
35 North Dakota 27 38
35 Rhode Island 27 38
38 Michigan 19 48
38 Wisconsin 45 17
40 Kentucky 45 19
40 Montana 36 44
40 Nebraska 37 38
40 New Jersey 37 38
40 Ohio 45 19
40 South Carolina 45 19
46 New Hampshire 27 48
47 Mississippi 45 26
47 Pennsylvania 45 26
47 South Dakota 41 38
47 Utah 27 50
51 Texas 45 50

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