• Apr 12, 2010
It's every driver's nightmare: flashing blue and red lights in your rearview mirror. Speeding tickets can strike a blow to anyone's day. While you pull away from the officer with your ticket in hand, you wonder, "Is going 10 or 15 miles per hour over the speed limit that big a deal?" or "How is much is my insurance going to go up now?" Thanks to our friends at autoinsurance.org, we have answers to those questions and many more in the infographic after the jump.

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      Tony
      • 2 Months Ago

      Thats when a good radar detector comes in handy like the escort redline :D 

      • 4 Years Ago
      Valentine 1: Great investment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        dont get me wrong, i use my eyes no less than i did before i had the radar detector, but being able to pick up a cop with their radar on long before you can even see it is fantastic.

        it has saved me numerous times...in fact once my friend passed me on the highway and i didnt try to catch up to him because my radar detector started to beep at me. a few miles down the road i saw him on the side of the road with johnny law handing him a ticket.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Radar detectors are a false sense of security, my eyes work just fine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you enjoy your cars without breaking the speed limit wherever you are?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think police should focus on drunk driving and incompetent driving instead of speeding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Careful; New Jersey is on the revenue warpath right now. They be writin' tickets and takin' names.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get help with your traffic ticket at http://rosenblumlawfirm.com
      Kevin Palache
      • 3 Years Ago
      Be pro-active. Save time and money on your next ticket. Find out how at: http://www.kevinpalache.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      At what point is a law so universally ignored that it has to be repealed? You'd think that 65 tickets every minute would be well past that threshold, but 90-95% of people simply pay the fine like sheep. Its amazing, especially when you see the throngs at court with you, to think that that mass of people in traffic court is that other 5% of speeder plus other traffic violations that require court.

      Police write tickets with fancy radar guns that are set and forget anymore, drivers pay fines and get insurance hikes, and insurance companies give radar guns to police to write more tickets.

      Never simply pay a ticket, always get a court date an at least have the judge fine you, find you guilty, or issue driving school or whatever. Its such a system anymore most people never even see a judge for breaking the law.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey I just got a ticket today in Texas for going 83 in a 65 zone this morning. However, I was only speeding for about 20 second to make sure my tires/wheels where finally balanced correctly over a range of different speeds, as I had just left the tire store and got on the highway, and that I didn't need to turn around and go back to the store because I just bought a set of new tires saturday afternoon and they had horrible vibration above 60mph, so I went back first thing this morning to make them fix it.

      I told my story to the cop and he didn't care, but do you guys think it's worth going to court and pleaing my story or should I just pay the ticket?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would try to fight that.
      Kaisu
      • 4 Years Ago
      While driving my grilfriend's car from New Hampshire to Maine, I got ticketed $130 in New Hampshire (Maine license plate) for doing "well over eighty" (cop's words) on HWY 101, where the speed limit is 65. According to the cop, I was swerving in and out of traffic, not signaling and I was speeding past other cars. However, I knew for a fact that I had been in the right-hand lane for at least a mile and remembered multiple cars passing me.

      Not to mention the fact my cruise control was set to 70 and my feet were on none of the pedals. The officer never stated an official speed limit and just wrote '80mph' on the ticket and the ticket stated the method of speed determination was "clocked", not radar. My girlfriend, who was in the passenger seat, can attest to all this.

      So I brought all this up in court (there weren't expecting me to actually fight it, having an S.C. driver's license...) along with asking the officer for proof of calibration for his clocking device. He couldn't provide proof of said calibration so the judge dropped the speed to 71, the minimum amount. He told me to drive more carefully, at which point I respectfully noted that I had been in the right hand lane for well over a mile. The officer contradicted this, saying he saw my car driving recklessly and weaving through traffic.

      So I asked for the recording from his dash cam. He became flustered and started saying such things were not for civilian viewing without clearance and such. The judge cut him short and asked the front desk to retrieve the footage from the archives. The officer was not happy.

      When the footage was shown, it showed the officer sitting behind a bridge so that drivers going under the bridge could not see him until they were directly in front of him. Many states ban this, citing it as entrapment. Apparently New Hampshire doesn't. Anyway, the camera catches my girlfriend's gray 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix go driving by in the right hand lane, including a red Ford Focus passing it on the left. About 3 seconds later, a gray Pontiac G6 goes flying past the camera, passing a minivan on th right. The cop begins pursuit by turning on his lights but not his sirens.

      He pulls out into the highway and passes around a tractor trailer and a few larger vehicles. By the time he pulls around to see a clearer view of the cars ahead, neither Pontiac is in site. He speeds up and turns the siren on. A gray Pontiac with a familiar Maine license plate comes into the frame and he cuts off the siren and leaves the lights on and pulls into the right lane behind the car. In the video you can even see us glance at the mirrors and look around like "Whaaaat?" before pulling over onto the shoulder.

      Upon seeing this, the judge looks at the officer and says "Officer ********, I must know, did you ever catch up to the grey car that actually deserved a citation?"

      The ticket was dropped entirely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you get a ticket there should be a way to get the money you paid for it back when you do your taxes or something like that.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Here in the NJ/NY area, you're usually safe if you're in the 10 over range...75 in a 65 is widely acceptable. Just make sure your speed is in the 70's when you pass by a cop. I normally keep it right below the 80 mark at 78-79 mph as i pass those No U-Turn median breaks. Every ticket i've heard of starts from 80 mph and up...keep it 70 in a 55 and many people will still pass you therefore not making yourself standout. I used to be a big speeder myself until i got nailed 20 over in CA towards vegas.
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