The very first speeding ticket was awarded to a lead-footed New York City taxi driver on May 20, 1899, just about 115 years ago. His offense? Blazing through downtown Manhattan at a blistering 12 miles per hour. (At the time, the speed limit was 8 miles per hour, as long as you were on a straightaway.) For his offense, the driver was arrested and imprisoned in the East 22nd Street station house. Scary, right?
Today, you’re far less likely to go straight to jail for a speeding ticket—but you’re far more likely to get one in the first place: Around 41 million speeding tickets are issued each year, according to recent statistics. That means every day, 112,328 poor saps are slapped with an average of about a $150 fine—and a hefty dose of humility, to boot. Broken down even further:
- 4,680 people get a ticket each hour (about twice as many are stopped)
78 people are slapped with a speeding ticket every minute in this country.
That’s a lot of revenue speeding tickets bring in—but speeding also costs the economy a great deal, in terms of the damage from speeding-related crashes. In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and 9,944 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. The National Highway Traffic Security Administration estimates that collective cost to be around $40.4 billion each year.
Because we know you’re hungry for more stats, we dug up this fabulous infographic. Among its gems: Red cars do not get the most tickets, men are more speedy than the ladies, and the average cost of a speeding ticket is also the average cost of a family of four’s weekly grocery bill. Buckle up and enjoy:
Have you gotten a ticket recently? Got a surefire way to get out of one? Educate!