We rustled up an epic infographic on speeding tickets—and it's chock-full of facts that will surprise you.

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?

New York City taxi, circa 1905. (This one is horse-drawn.)

New York City taxi, circa 1905. (This one is horse-drawn.)

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.

78 people are slapped with a speeding ticket every minute in this country.

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:


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I'm a Texas-based Kansan who misses seasons but loves breakfast tacos. My journalism and short stories have been published all over, including at Popular Mechanics, USA Today magazines, SELF magazine and Black Warrior Review. I have an MFA in fiction, but I'll stick to the truth at Quoted.

  • Psalmist Gerald Gossey

    tickets are dumb, its just used to pay for expenses!