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this is a discussion within the Everything Else Community Forum; Iíve lived in Massachusetts for most of my life. I racked up a handful of minor traffic violations here over the last 25 years, but when I moved to Vermont, I seemed to be getting popped for violations once every ...

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The most egregious states for speeding tickets in the US

Iíve lived in Massachusetts for most of my life. I racked up a handful of minor traffic violations here over the last 25 years, but when I moved to Vermont, I seemed to be getting popped for violations once every couple of months. It was a combination of driving more during odd hours, and a lot of cops with nothing better to do. Those factors influence what state youíre likely to get a ticket in, too, and how expensive itís likely to be.

Most Expensive First Offense: (Tie) Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire

Georgia

These five states all hold drivers liable for a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense. The fine is up to a judgeís discretion and can be based on how many miles per hour youíre ticketed over the designated speed limit, or if you were caught speeding in a work or a school zone, both of which tend to double a fine. In addition to the fine, you can spend up to a year in jail. Granted, speeding in a work zone is bad for everyone concerned, but a few moments of inattention resulting in a $1,000 fine? Whatís the first offense for a weapons violation in those states?

Most Expensive State to Fight a Ticket: Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Back in 2005, Vincent Gillespie got a $15 parking ticket in Northampton, Massachusetts, a bucolic community in the Connecticut River Valley in Central Massachusetts. In order to fight the ticket, Gillespie had to pay $319.90 in filing fees with the Hampshire County Superior Court, which was non-refundable whether he won his case or not. His case went to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court, where Gillespieís lawyers argued that the fees effectively negated his constitutional right to due process. In its ruling, the SJC noted that the plaintiffs hadnít met the burden of proof that the laws werenít in keeping with the state constitution, and that the fee system serves the purpose of discouraging ďthe filing of nonmeritorious appeals,Ē thus conserving scarce judicial resources.

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Sneakiest Speed Traps in America: Vermont

Vermont

Mt. Tabor is a one-horse dot on Route 7a in western Vermont that doesnít even have a traffic light. What it does have is a speed limit sign that drops to 40 mph, and you will get rung up by its zealous constable, a guy who drives a Camaro and gets paid by the number of tickets he writes. And heís not alone. One constable in the village of Island Pond made national news by writing 1,100 tickets, with fines totaling $100,000 Ė a tenth of the entire revenue of the town that year.

Most Unmarked State Police Cars: Connecticut

Connecticut

In all my years driving in New England, Iíve never seen a fully marked Connecticut State Police car. Thatís because only one is assigned to every troop. Apparently, theyíre white with yellow and blue markings. Most Connecticut State Police cars are silver, with a pushbar up front and a low-profile lightbar on the roof, which carries the only ďState PoliceĒ marking on the car. Connecticutís also been notorious for using Camaros, Mustangs, Grand Nationals and other non-traditional cars as unmarked patrol cars on the stateís highways.

Most Tickets Written: Washington, DC

WashingtonDC

Ohio residents will be surprised that itís Washington, DC (yeah, not technically a ďstate,Ē but whatever) that writes the most speeding tickets. With just over half a million residents, DCís Finest writes more than 430,000 tickets a year. It beats out the next state in the top ten Ė Wyoming Ė by a factor of ten. Save your money. Visit some other place.

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