Speeding Tickets: The Cost and How Not To Get Them
Nothing sucks worse than those red and blue wigwag lights in the rearview mirror (at least when you’re driving). Cops are just doing their job, fairly in most cases, but you know your wallet’s going to take a beating when you get a speeding ticket. You may not know just how much. Well, the folks at Escort Radar have just released some figures. Rushing over the hill to grandma’s house is going to cost you some serious coin both when you get the ticket and after your insurance company finds out. But, being a radar detector company, it also has advice on how to beat speeding tickets. RELATED: See a Civilian Pull Over a Cop
First the bad news: the average speeding ticket is $150. But this is the gift that keeps on giving. Escort says your insurance is going to spike $900 over three years from one speeding ticket. So, that $150 ticket? It’s probably going to cost you a cool grand.
As the numbers show, speeding tickets aren’t going away any time soon. They generate more than $6 billion annually. That’s a lot of money in Sheriff Bufford T. Pusser’s backpocket.
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How is Johnny Law generating this revenue? Escort says the top three ways are: radar and laser guns, red light cameras, and air patrol. The latter really sucks because you never know they’re there until it’s too late.
Of course Escort thinks everybody should get detectors, which are legal everywhere in the U.S. except Virginia and Washington, D.C. Its other advice doesn’t involve technology. Basically, go with the flow and don’t be an a-hole by switching lanes frequently and tailgating. In other words, don’t stand out and give cops a reason to nab you.
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Pro tip—never speed in Virginia or you could go to jail as one unfortunate Jalopnik editor found out. You're welcome.
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