Don't Do the Crime If You Can't Pay the Fine

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by Frank Williams

Thinking about taking a road trip this year? Not so fast Bucko! No, really. Not so fast– especially if you're going to be traveling the I-95 corridor in the eastern U.S. Forbes has compiled a list of the ten most expensive states for speeding tickets, and half of them are along I-95. Virginia, the only newcomer to the list, jumps directly to the top. While NHTSA says the national median for a first offender is about $200, lead-footed drivers in the Old Dominion State can be hit with an incredible $1,350 fine for their first offense, thanks to a $1,050 surcharge added last year. The most expensive places to get stopped for speeding and their maximum fine for the first offense are:

Virginia – $1,350

Georgia – $1,000

Illinois – $1,000

Nevada – $1,000

New Hampshire – $1,000

North Carolina – $1,000

Utah – $750

Oregon – $600

Kansas – $500

Maryland – $500

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  • Ihatetrees Ihatetrees on Jan 10, 2008
    speedlaw: So, you have to bust the normal driver once every two years or so…this keeps the revenue stream going, the “law” (underposted limit) is intact, and the insurance whores benefit. Yup. That's NY State's official scam. What I'd like to know: Does NY State allow the ticketing officer to know, after pulling you over and running your license, how many points you have (or when you were last ticketed)? I've heard too many anecdotal stories of those with 2 tickets who are regularly let off with a "just slow down" warning.
  • Blautens Blautens on Jan 10, 2008

    ihatetrees - The officer typically cannot see your citations on regular lookup (nor would a magistrate or judge prior to outcome of trial). I could see traffic related arrests (all arrests are visible because they could be an officer safety issue), but not regular infractions. It might influence determination of guilt, etc., not so much with officers, but with magistrates or judges. they see EVERYTHING...

  • Freni32 Freni32 on Mar 10, 2008

    Virginia is the worst place for radar and the amount of the fines! more details at http://www.RadarReviews.Net

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