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8 Mind-Blowing Facts About Speeding Tickets

Updated May 18, 2018

Speeding tickets seem to be an inevitable, unavoidable part of driving, but let’s just hope you never get a citation like some of the folks in this article.

We’ve got the most expensive speeding ticket ever (and it’s huge), the fastest and slowest tickets issued, and even the best and worst states to get caught speeding (hint: both begin with the letter N).

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Minnesota Rider Clocks 205 on Honda Super Bike

Just about 10 years ago, a rider by the name of Samuel Tilley set what is believed to be a world record for speeding on a motorcycle. No doubt concentrating on the road in front of him, Tilley failed to notice the police aircraft above him, which clocked at 205.11mph. Tilley’s bike was a 2003 (133 hp stock) which the highway patrolman who pulled him over has gone on record as stating was “highly modified.” Ya think?

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The Whining Millionaire’s $60,000 Speeding Ticket

Finland adjusts speeding ticket fines based on the driver’s annual income, so some poor working schmuck isn’t paying the same fine as a rich fat cat, who would be barely bothered by a couple of hundred Euro fine.  The problem is people with lots of money like to hold onto their money. Take the case of Reima Kuisla. He was ticketed for 65 mph in a 50 mph zone. As Kuisla rakes in about $7 million per year, his fine was set by the court at nearly $60,000, or about .0085% of his annual income (the same percent as $510 is to someone making $60,000 per year).  Kuisla decided to use Facebook to take his case to the public, posting “Finland is impossible to live in for certain kinds of people who have high incomes and wealth,” expecting the support of thousands. Instead he received derogatory comments telling hit to shut up, stop being a whiny millionaire, and pay the fine.

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The Ferris Bueller Lamborghini Gallardo Remake

This could have been a scene from a remake of the classic 1986 John Hughes film. The owner of a dropped his car off for service and the mechanic decided to take it out for a joyride. Instead of just rolling up the odometer, the mechanic was named by the cops doing 99 mph in a 43 mph zone. In accordance with Australian law the car was impounded, even though the Lambo was “borrowed” when it was pulled over. The owner did get his ride back and its probably unlikely he ever returned to that repair shop.

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The accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed

Some years back, a Swedish man was pushing his at 186 mph on a major highway in Switzerland. Unlike the Autobahn that has areas with no speed limits, Switzerland is one big speed limit.

He was actually able to drive some distance before be detected as older equipment couldn’t register speeds as high as what he was driving. When finally stopped, the cop reported that it took the driver a third of a mile just to slow down.

The 37-year old multi-miliionaire was arrested and later released. Like Finland, Switzerland assesses speeding fines based on the driver’s income.  He faced fines of up to $1,001,400. In explaining the severity of the fine, the judge stated that “the accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed.” Harsh!

Get this: the driver’s excuse was that his speedometer was broken! I guess the blur of the other cars his passed hadn’t clued him in.

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Highest Speed Speeding Ticket (Urban Myth Department)

During the 2003 a competitor driving a Koenigsegg CCR was clocked by the Texas Highway Patrol at 242 mph. Depending upon which version you read, the driver either talked his way out of the ticket of paid a fine totally into the hundred of thousands of dollars. You’ll find sites that report this incident as fact, but further investigation has not uncovered a single shred of evidence to what is best described as an Urban Myth.

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Slowest Speeding Ticket

A retired teacher from Scotland was fined about $300 for driving carelessly and without due consideration. Police reported that she slowed down to just 5mph every time she reached a curve in the road, collecting an ever-growing backup of angry drivers stuck behind her. She later explained that she usually didn’t drive in the dark, and that she’d been wearing new glasses.

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 Worst State for Collecting Speeding Tickets

 

New Jersey, which has speed traps every 30 miles (the most in the US), collects $30,000 per mile in road use fees, and has a law on the books that if you’re caught “racing”  doubles the fines on any highway with a posted speed limited of 65 mph. Their definition of “racing” : driving 10 mph over the speed limit, so virtually every speeding ticket on NJ’s highways would be charged a double fine.

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Best State for Getting Stopped for Speeding

North Dakota is the best place to get nabbed speeding. It has the lowest speed trap activity of any state, and fines for exceeding the speed limit in an area with a 55 mph speed limit are $10 for driving 10 mph over the limit. On highways that range in limits form 65 mph to 75 mph, the fine is a straight $5 for each one mph you’ve been caught driving over the limit (i.e. the ticket for driving 85 mph in a 75 mph zone is $50).

 

Speeding Tickets are a Bigger Business than Facebook

Speeding tickets written in the US generate 5.1 billion in revenue for the respective municipalities. The average ticket costs the driver $150, and there are 34,000,000 tickets issued annually.  Plus insurance companies tack on an additional average of $300 to your policy for a speeding violation, generating an additional $10.2 billion in revenue for the companies. Together it’s a $15.3 billion industry, which is more revenue than Facebook generated in its last fiscal year. Maybe you should rethink your business model Mark.

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