By Barbara Fortin
Over 100,000 people a day receive a speeding ticket in this country.
That's over 41,000,0000 speeding tickets per year.
One in every 6 drivers will get a speeding ticket this year.
The average speeding ticket costs $150.00.
41,000,000 x 150.00 = $6,150,000,000 That's over 6 BILLION dollars per year in speeding ticket fines alone.
The average raise in insurance costs for one speeding ticket over the course of 3 years is $900.00.
Multiply 900 by 41,000,000 and you get $36,900,000,000 (36.9 BILLION dollars) in extra insurance money the insurance industry makes in a single year just from speeding tickets.
Over 95% of people who receive a speeding ticket never contest it and just pay the fine.
The other 5% who make an effort to fight their ticket usually have their case dismissed or receive reduced charges that don't get reported on their driving record.
There are 196,000,000 licensed drivers in America today.
A police officer will fail to show up to court between 30 to 50% of the time. This is immediate grounds for a dismissal.
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 age groups between 17 and 24 years of age receive the most speeding tickets.
More men than women receive speeding tickets.
More women fight their speeding tickets than men.
Seventeen year old drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than any other age group.
In July 1879, two men are fined for speeding horses in Seattle.
Henry Ford's first motor vehicle, built 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.
Doctors receive the most speeding tickets than any other profession.
The average traffic cop will cost a city about $75,000 per year in salary, bonuses, and benefits. This same police officer will make the city an average of $200,000 per year in traffic ticket fines! That's one hell of a profit margin.
Top 10 States Notorious for Writing Tickets:
3. New York
8. North Carolina
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