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What state is most likely to issue speeding tickets?

If you and your family are planning to take advantage of lower gas prices by hitting the road to visit family or see some of our nation's many landmarks, you may want to take a look at a recently published report outlining the states and cities where law enforcement officials are most likely to issue a speeding ticket. Doing so may end up saving you both time and money.

The report comes courtesy of The National Motorists Association (NMA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting "traffic laws fairly written and reasonably enforced, full due process rights for motorists, and traffic penalties based on sensible standards."

Here, the NMA analyzed the volume of Google search queries using terms like "traffic ticket" or "speeding ticket" for designated geographic areas. Using these findings, they ranked the 50 states and 10 ten metro areas in terms of where drivers are most likely to be issued a speeding ticket.

What states and cities ranked highest on the -- arguably informal -- list?

According to the NMA, the state where motorists are most likely to see blue and red lights flashing in their rearview mirror is none other than Nevada, which occupied the number two spot when the group first issued the report back in 2010.

Rounding out the top ten were the following:

  • Georgia (70)
  • Alabama (69)
  • Florida (67)
  • Maryland (65)
  • Louisiana (63)
  • Texas (62)
  • District of Columbia (61)
  • California, North Carolina, Missouri (59)

The top five cities where motorists were most likely to get a traffic citation were as follows:

  • Atlanta (74)
  • Los Angeles (72)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (62)
  • Miami (59)
  • New York City (57)

Stay tuned for further updates from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


National Motorists Association, "Where are you most likely to get a speeding ticket this holiday weekend?" May 22, 2012

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