There are awards to covet and there are awards no one should want. I'm not sure how to feel about this one, but in a National Survey, Florida law enforcement issued more speeding tickets than any other state in 2011.
There were almost 18,000 speeding tickets written (and over 6,000 speeding tickets that were written up as non-speeding tickets, but were really for speeding).
At an average cost of $250 per ticket, that's a lot of money being generated for a state that has no state income tax.
Does this mean that more people speed in Florida and the police have no choice to pull people over, or is something else going on? Does Florida look at its drivers as ATM's and mandate all law enforcement to issue speeding tickets? Is it the fact that Florida is so spread out and you have to drive to get anywhere?
I do not know the answers to these questions, but they do interest me.
Why Florida? Surely states like California and Texas have a lot of drivers. I can't imagine that in other states people are just driving the speed limit.
Does anyone drive the speed limit?
Seriously, does anyone drive the speed limit all day, every day? It's impossible isn't it?
When you consider that in Florida, to be found guilty of speeding, a police officer does not have to prove how fast you were going, just that you were exceeding the speed limit, it makes you wonder if it's just too easy for police to write speeding tickets.
Couple the ease by which tickets can be written with the incredibly high fines that speeding tickets now command (well over $200 and in many cases over $300) and you would have to wonder if something else wasn't at play. Let's be honest, it's easy money for the state.
Now, before you start going all conspiracy theory on me, consider that although Florida did issue more speeding tickets than any other state, the overall number of traffic tickets issued are WAY down. In fact, the number of tickets being issued has declined significantly in the last decade, however, so has the number of people driving in Florida.
So what does all this mean to you? What it should mean, is that it's only a matter of time before you see the flashing lights in your rearview mirror.
Do you have a plan to fight back? Of course you do, you read this blog, which means you're armed with everything you need to know so you don't wind up paying the ticket and getting points on your license (which you know will cause your insurance rates to increase).
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