Which states do you think speed more than any other? Michigan, the home of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, is certainly a good guess, but it’s not the leader among the speeders.
A recent study aimed to identify the US states that not only hand out the most speeding tickets, but also have the most amount of speeding tickets issued per capita.
This study was put together using speeding ticket data obtained from the states themselves. Some states’ most recent available data was from as far back as 2011, though, so this data is from anywhere from 2011-2017, depending on the state. The proper data was no available for Arkansas and Louisiana, either, so they have been left out of the study.
The research found that California issues more speeding tickets than anyone else, which should be unsurprising as it is the most populous US state. In the most recent year with available data, California issued 1,053,925 speeding tickets. The next closest was New York with 713,370 tickets issued, followed by Florida with 704,092.
The most speeding tickets issued per capita is Wyoming, where there is one speeding ticket issued for every 11.36 citizens. South Carolina was a close third with a speeding ticket for every 12.04 citizens, while Oregon was third with one for every 15.57 citizens. It’s hard to say if these states have particularly fast-driving citizens, patrol for speeders more often or let fewer motorists off with warnings. Perhaps the citizens of these states can speak to that..
This data is probably not perfect, as a speeding ticket given to a resident from out-of-state will be recorded in that state’s speeding ticket totals. Additionally, adjusting the data based on population doesn’t tell the whole story, as we don’t know how many driver’s license holders there are in that state, nor how many miles they collectively drive on average. It does give us a rough idea of where the most speeding tickets are issued, however.
Where does you state fall in line? Check out the full study at this link.
Source: Yonkers Honda