• Jul 16, 2010
Top speeding ticket Tweets: Top States – click above for the complete infographic

Getting a speeding ticket is like slamming your hand in the car door, breaking your hand and then paying the hospital bill – only worse. Mostly because after the pain of paying the ticket goes away, your insurance may be raised by hundreds of dollars per year. And if you follow friends (and Autoblog) on Twitter, you've likely read about someone you know getting a bloody speeding ticket.

The folks at Freeinsurancequotes.com probably know a thing or two about how a few points on your record can raise insurance rates, and they've decided to analyze how many Twitter users complain about tickets. The results? As you can see from the above graphic, California leads the nation in ticket Tweets by quite a percentage, followed by New York, Texas, Florida and Ohio. What's more, a full 44 percent of those Tweets come from Los Angeles, which comes as a shock to nobody.

The top five states are perhaps a bit predictable, mainly because they represent five of the top seven most populous states in the Union. Taking a closer look at the results does show that 20 percent more Ohio residents Tweet about tickets than Illinois residents. This, in spite of the fact that the home state of the Windy City has 1.4 million more people. Ditto for New York, which takes the number two spot despite the Lone Star State having another five million residents. Check out the complete infographic after the jump.

[Source: Free Insurance Quotes]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Does this mean Californians are more likely to get speeding tickets, or that Californians are more likely to whinge about it publicly?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or it could be that a higher percentage of people in California actually know how to use technology than say... someone in Nebraska? Stop hating on California just because we have some wackos in office here. It's getting old.

        By the way, my vote for California getting the most "tweets" on speeding tickets stem from the horrible drivers we have here. I haven't gotten a ticket in over a decade, and I speed all the time-- usually 7-9mph over the limit when on the highway.

        As long as you aren't doing 10+mph over, the CHP *usually* won't bother you. I get passed all the time by CHP cars while doing 79 in a 70 on cruise control. The problem is I get passed even more by dbags doing 85 or 90. (These are the people tweeting about getting tickets).
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's California, i think we all know the answer to that question.
      • 4 Years Ago
      People from Ohio do not know how to drive resulting in more tickets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Useless is the right word.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't really too comprehensive. In areas that I worked and drove (which I was in a car for 8 hours a day for 2 years) I RARELY saw the police. They're normally too backed up in service calls to give tickets (Average Day). Heck, some highway patrol officers have to come off the freeway and take the local police department's service calls because the service call level is so high. (I was In Sac-Town FYI)
      • 4 Years Ago
      +1

      I once hit a pothole on the interstate in jersey that caused the headlight to pop out of my car. Couldnt avoid it because it was as wide as the road. Traffic was too heavy to slow down enough, would have been rear ended.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Supposed to be a reply to Andre.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG

      I am like....sooo Tweeting this!

      • 4 Years Ago
      To tweet or not to tweet– that is the question:
      Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
      The fines and points of outrageous tickets,
      Or to make posts against a sea of LEOs
      • 4 Years Ago
      New Jersey would be up there too, but the roads here are too poorly maintained to be speeding on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The question is how many of those tweets were made while speeding?
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL--my thoughts exactly!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You mean a state with a population of 37M had *GOSH* more Tweets about speeding than one with 20M and 25M people? No way!

      What a ridiculous study that has no business being reposted up here on AB.

      Oh wait... let me go tweet about how stupid this study about tweeting is. :rolleyes:
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why don't you do Tweet about it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You may want to learn something about statistics. The numbers are percentage numbers. And when compared to the fact that California has 9.1% of the total US population, a 14% number shows that they tweet while speeding more often than other states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this says less about which states have the most tickets and more about which states have the most twitterers. 'Round these parts most people would be too embarrassed to admit if they used twitter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fact: California also does the stupidest studies.
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