Where are you most likely to get a speeding ticket?

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  1. rwoman
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    USA Today: Where are you most likely to get a speeding ticket?

    Something to keep in mind if driving...

    :)

     
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    Luckily, you won't ever get a speeding ticket in a plane. At least not when flying on a commercial airline. Another reason to fly everywhere.
     
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    Arizona... Driving from Vegas to Grand Canyon. Endless empty straight highway through the middle of nowhere with a 55 mph speed limit. Been there. Done that. Twice. I'll be doing that trip again in a few months. You can be sure cruise control will be set to 54 mph.
     
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    Ohio (interstates, small towns) notorious for speeding tickets.

    And having grown up in Atlanta, they don't call I-285 the Atlanta Motor Speedway for nothin'. Speed limit is 55, but 70 is average to slow.
     
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    Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa are reputedly bad. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has been notorious for giving tickets for driving 56 when the speed limit is 55.
     
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    Flying seems like a great solution to me, plus I don't drive.:)
     
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    I've had an ugly one in AZ too...fortunately, driving school saved me. :)
     
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    That's one thing about speeding cameras in the UK...may not like it, but it's essentially equitable... ;)
     
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    South on I-35 through Denton, TX is really bad too. They always seem to have speed traps set up and the speed limit drop very quickly to 55mph. A police office friend of mine told me that the traffic division will even ticket other Denton cops when they driving their personal vehicles! :confused:
     
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    I guess that's one way to apply the law equally... ;)
     
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    There are lots of speed cameras in Maryland, too. My husband's been caught twice on the Baltimore Beltway :rolleyes: <--- @ husband
     
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    Belgium is bad with cameras installed on the autoroute. They mail the ticket to you and these speeding tickets are seriously expensive.

    I've noticed taxis in China seem to know where the cameras are and suddenly slow down dramatically for no apparent reason.
     
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    But you can easily get a speeding ticket if you fly yourself, and airline pilots can get them too.
    at or above 10,000 feet <Mach 1.0
    below 10,000 feet 250 Kt
    a slightly complex one near airports, basically, 200KT
    The latter two rules are quite easy to break with many jets. They can and do receive violations for such violations. A common one is operation in what are called VFR corridors near major airports (e.g. LAX along the beach, the Hudson River along Manhattan) when corporate jets repositioning often forget the speed limit.
     
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    The UK, at least, has small posted warnings by the roadside, and good downloadable GPS warnings. Most of Europe has the downloadable data. France has published in AutoPLUS available on every newstand every week, which shows where the mobile units will be too.

    In Brazil there are a huge number of photo radar that simply post the ticket. the rental car firm will pay it and charge your credit card.

    I have two tickets I keep to remind me. One I received as I was entering the Netherlands from the limitless Autobahn and forgot to slow on a Sunday morning. Euro 2,200. You figure it out.

    The other was in France, again on a Sunday morning and was Euro 3,750. It could have been much worse. As it was they escorted me to an ATM to withdraw the cash. I was lucky because it was my second offense with the same Gendarme in the same place with my car which had overstayed TT plates.

    Moral: pay attention to traffic radar where ever you are. It is becoming ubiquitous worldwide. Above all pay close attention when transitioning forma speed limitless road to one with a limit.
     
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    Several small towns in north Florida are notorious for speed traps. Half of the towns' budget comes from the fines. It got so bad that a local businessman bought billboard space just outside of the towns' limits to warn drivers of the speed traps.

    And jbcarioca- 2-3,000 euro fine?!?!?! That is insane! I haven't heard of anyone in the US getting more then around $300 for a ticket.
     
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    Check out the official websites. Depending on what country speeding more than 30-50km above the limit has draconian fines. The problem is that the major highways are excellent all over Europe, and Sunday mornings are usually empty. Wide open spaces beckon.

    Many US jurisdictions simply call those speeds reckless driving. The US does not have such well-maintained roads as a general rule and the wide open spaces of the great plains are usually relaxed. I do have a story or two from Montana (at one time, maybe still, there was a $5 fine for energy waste if driving less than 100mph).
    http://www.motorists.org/press/montana-no-speed-limit-safety-paradox

    The oddity of all this is that speeding rarely correlates with accident frequency (severity, absolutely), but poor driving does. Thus the rational Germans will issue citations with hefty fines for improper driving (passing on the right, driving on the left when not passing, failure to stop at stop signs, not moving to the right to let a faster car pass, illegal left turns...) but are normally relaxed about speeding.

    Whereas is the Western Hemisphere almost everywhere bad driving is seen as a continental right and enforcement is all about speeding because the revenues are high and enforcement is easy. New technology is helping. Many places now, including Rio, have sensors and photos that ticket people for failure to stop at stop lights. They've not yet managed stop signs (we have no idea what they mean here)
     
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