Worst Cities To Get A Ticket

May 11th, 2011
Officer writing ticket

Most drivers know the basic laws when it comes to driving. Stop at a stop sign, obey the speed limit, don’t drink and drive, and the list goes on. But there are times when the rules are broken and a police officer flashes his blues your way.

Many drivers fear traffic tickets because they often raise the price of your insurance, cost you hundreds of dollars in fines, require time to go to a court house or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Although, all states operate similar with the basic traffic rules and regulations being the same, there are some states where traffic violation fines are higher and the speed traps are most frequent.

So, what are the worst cities to get a moving traffic violation?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the east coast stands to be the toughest place for drivers in the country. Driving along the east coast, the traffic tickets tend to be much higher than other states. Georgia has built a reputation for being one of the toughest states to drive in with a maximum fine for first time speeding tickets as high as $1,000 with a possibility of jail time up to one year. If a reckless driving citation is issued the state requires a mandatory six-month license revocation for first time offenses. New Hampshire has also been added to the toughest states in relation to driving violations. The maximum fine for first time speeding tickets is $1,000 with a state statue that says drivers can get a ticket for not driving 10 mph below the posted speed limit in a school zone.

Aside from the surprisingly harsh traffic violations along the east coast, there are states that set records for handing out traffic violations to drivers. Many cities and areas are known for their speed traps. The speed traps across the country are designed to slow down the flow of traffic and maintain safety on the motorways but are often seen as a deceitful way to give tickets to drivers. According to the National Motorist Association, speeding tickets are estimated to be a $4.5 to $6 billion dollar industry in America. The worst city in America for speed traps is reported to be Houston, Texas with 373 traps a year.  While the economy continues to weaken, the number of written speeding tickets in Houston increases. According to KTRK Channel 13 about 3,000 tickets are written by Houston police officers per day.

Before driving through any new state, research the rules and regulation for the destination and look into traffic violations. Visit www.autocricket.com for more automotive hints and advice.

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