Millions of traffic tickets are issued each year. In fact an average of 125,000 people in the U.S. receives a traffic citation every day. The average fine will cost you around $150, but in some states a driver can be fined up to $2000 or more depending on the offense and the state laws.
A traffic ticket can ruin anyone’s day, but you’re not the first to receive a traffic violation and you certainly will not be the last. The following are some quick statistics about traffic tickets:
There are approximately 196,000,000 licensed drivers in America today.
One in every six drivers will receive a speeding ticket this year, roughly 41 million speeding tickets, which is over $6 billion dollars each year on speeding ticket fines alone.
Over 95% of people who receive a speeding ticket will not contest the citation and pay the fine. The 5% who make an effort to fight their ticket usually have their case dismissed or receive reduced charges.
- Women are more likely to contest their speeding tickets.
- Men receive more speeding tickets than women.
- Police officers fail to show up to court between 30 to 50% of the time, which is almost always grounds for a dismissal.
- Each officer makes the city an average of $300,000 in traffic ticket fines per year, and only costs $75,000 in salary, bonuses and benefits.
- The group who receives the most speeding tickets is persons between the ages of 17 and 24.
The earliest known issuance of a speeding ticket was in 1910 to the Prime Minister of Canada’s wife. She was traveling 10 mph over the limit.
According to the National Motorists Association, the top ten states that issue the most speeding tickets are: Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Connecticut in that order.
Doctors receive the maximum number of speeding tickets out of every profession.
USA Today recently reported the average speeding ticket increases insurance rates by $23 a month and lasts for 3 years. This means that the insurance industry will make around $36.9 billion in a year on speeding tickets alone.
Fighting a ticket is not difficult. Many people are fearful of the time and cost associated with the ticket, and end up paying for the ticket, even in cases where they were falsely accused! The first thing you should do upon receiving a traffic citation is to contact an experienced San Antonio traffic tickets attorney to find out more about contesting your ticket.
Jeff Davis is the Owner of the Davis law firm and a highly experienced San Antonio traffic tickets attorney. To find out more information about San Antonio traffic tickets lawyer, please visit www.jeffdavislawfirm.com.