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    The Worst States For Speed Traps

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    5. Maryland

    According to calculations from National Motorists Association, Maryland’s roads contain 3.50 speed traps per 1,000 miles of lane miles.
    NMA officials developed the rankings by compiling the number of speed traps reported over the past five years. The totals were then indexed to the number of road miles in each state.
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    4. Massachusetts

    According to NMA’s calculations, Massachusetts roads contain 3.79 speed traps per 1,000 lane miles.
    “These results reveal which states are the habitual offenders when it comes to ‘Policing for Profit,’” said NMA president Gary Biller. “They point to a need to reform the traffic justice system for greater accountability with less emphasis on generating revenue and more on public safety.”
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    3. Rhode Island

    The smallest state in the union apparently has an outsized appetite for speed traps. According to the NMA, Rhode Island average 4.00 speed traps per 1,000 lane miles.
    Like the National Motorists Association, AAA, the nation’s largest motoring club, keeps an eye out for egregious speed traps. As a policy, AAA condemns traffic enforcement practices designed to raise revenue instead of prevent crashes.

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    2. New Jersey

    Considering traffic jams around the Garden State often bring traffic to a halt, it’s almost surprising that police officers could catch many drivers exceeding the speed limit. But the NMA says New Jersey averages 4.70 speed traps per 1,000 lane miles.
    Based on the results thus far, drivers may want avoid the entire East Coast. But they’ll have to go a little further to find the worst state in the country.

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    1. Hawaii

    Aloha, here’s your ticket. Seems like an easy way to ruin a dream vacation. The NMA says there are 4.74 speed traps for every 1,000 lane miles in Hawaii, the most aggressive state in the nation.

    But don’t breathe easy if you reside or drive elsewhere. As part of its look at speed traps over the past five years, these may be the states where the long arm of John Law has extended the longest. But the NMA says the fastest-growing states for speed traps are Texas, Ohio, Florida, California and Georgia.

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    More Speed Traps

    For more information before your next road trip, the NMA suggests you check out to figure out where you’re most likely to find speed traps along your journey.
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