Thursday, July 2, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Worst Places in the US for Speeding Tickets

As millions of Americans hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, their trip to Grandma’s may end up costing more than they bargained for. No matter where you are, getting a speeding ticket is no fun. However, some places have worse speeding tickets fines and penalties than others. Some states are pretty lenient and give out tiny tickets, but other states are quite the opposite. In fact, depending on which state you’re in, you might get nailed with a ticket well over a thousand dollars or even spend a year in jail!

If you are visiting any of these places, be sure to drive carefully and watch your speedometer! Missing a flight or facing your boss after being late to work is a lot better than some of these tickets.

Want to know where you should watch your driving speed? Here are the worst places in the United States to get a speeding ticket.


Nevada is known for its lenient approach to many things that are considered crimes elsewhere, including gambling. However, Nevada isn’t so easygoing when it comes to speeding tickets!

If you get caught speeding in Nevada, you might need to have a very big casino win in order to pay the fine. In addition to Nevada’s $1000 maximum speeding ticket, you can earn yourself quite a lot of jail time. If you speed too many times, the points on your driver’s license will be cashed in for the grand prize of six months in jail.
New Hampshire

New Hampshire isn’t as kind to drivers as some of its neighbors. New Hampshire cordially extends a thousand-dollar maximum speeding fine to first-time offenders.

Obviously, you can get this from zipping down the highway. However, you can also get in big trouble for not going ten below the speed limit in school zones. They take school child safety very seriously in New Hampshire! This is good news for the kids, but bad news for you if you break this law.
New Hampshire
North Carolina

North Carolina is notorious on the East Coast for its tough speed penalties. Speed in North Carolina, and you’ll be looking at a very sad bank account and perhaps a criminal record. First-time speeders can get slammed with a $1000 speeding ticket plus a couple of months in jail! I can think of a lot of things I’d rather spend a grand on. Hmmm…. Trip to Bermuda or a speeding ticket?
North Carolina Police

California has a lot of red tape. After all, who else would put “carcinogen warning” signs at the entrance to the Happiest Place on Earth? But it’s not just Disney that gets caught in the strict California safety laws.

Get caught speeding in Cali, and you’ll find yourself forking over quite a wad of cash. Although the ticket cost is only about $40 for normal speeding tickets, there are a boatload of fees that go with it. You might find yourself paying well over $150 for driving ten miles an hour over the limit! With California’s lax attitude toward stop signs and driving down the line, it’s surprising that they’re so strict with this driving law.

Don’t be fooled by Virginia’s friendly, easy-going vibe. They’re just waiting for you to make a driving mistake so they can bleed you dry.

Not only are Virginia’s speeding tickets expensive, but they’re also given out for just about every little thing. If you go over 80 miles per hour anywhere in Virginia, you’ll get charged with reckless driving. The same goes for driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. A speeding ticket for one of these offenses is a big deal!

If you can’t handle the rules, you’re better off walking everywhere. The fine for reckless driving is $2,500 and you’ll also get a free year in jail. Yikes! Fortunately, smaller infractions don’t have very high fines.
New York

New York can’t handle being left off any top-ten list. Even in the traffic fine category, it makes it into the top three most expensive places to get a ticket!

New York hands out the third most traffic tickets in the Unites States. So once you cross that state border, you’re going to really need to watch your speed! If you drive 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, you’ll earn yourself a $600 fine and 30 days in jail. It’s not as bad as Virginia, but it’s still pretty awful.
New York

Massachusetts has a whole lot of speed traps. In fact, it comes in second for speed traps per mile. Watch yourself through the confusing twists and turns of Massachusetts’s streets, and pay attention to speed limit signs!

Any speeding ticket in Massachusetts automatically costs $50. But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll get at least an additional $100, plus $10 for each mile above the speed limit that you drive. Speeding in a tunnel adds $500!
New Jersey

New Jersey is probably the worst state to get a speeding ticket in. It has more speed traps per mile than any other state! Maybe this is to make up for its small size?

New Jersey may be small, but its fines aren’t. Fines range from $145 to $1000. To make matters worse, there’s a double charge for driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on highways with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour. Going ten over is legally defined as “racing on public highways.” Gentlemen, please do not rev your engines!
New Jersey
If you’re traveling to any of these states in the next few months, you might be thinking about hiring an Uber or a taxi. But don’t worry—if you’re careful and follow the law, then you’ll be just fine. If not, well, you’ll have a unique and very expensive souvenir!


  1. John Adams
    December 1, 2017 - 12:42 pm

    If you have a nice and fast car you’ll be tempted to drive it very fast. But we also take in to consideration that safety comes first. That is why there is laws implemented to prevent accidents in relation to over speeding especially when your under the influence of alcohol..

  2. December 1, 2017 - 12:43 pm

    Hi, I’m going for a trip to Nevada. I’ll hire a car and drive. Is there a fixed limit of the speed? I’m a fast car driver and slow speed will definitely bore me. I’ll rather listen songs and let someone else drive than drive slow myself.

  3. Jerry Hans
    December 1, 2017 - 3:55 pm

    Wow! I see no reason why anyone should be on such high speeds. Apparently, speed kills. I’ll be going to Massachusetts soon, and I can’t imagine myself forking out some hundreds of dollars for my careless act. Thanks for sharing this, at least I can tell places that are not friendly with their speed tickets.

  4. Lady Grasha
    December 3, 2017 - 11:59 am

    If you drive a super-fast car, you will be tempted to disobey traffic rules and drive like there’s no one else using the road. I’m not a speedy driver but I’ll say it’s good that these speeding tickets are high for offenders. It will make them drive safely.

  5. Francisca
    December 3, 2017 - 12:00 pm

    Gosh! When I went to visit my dad in Nevada during the Thanksgiving, I almost lost it when I got a speeding ticket! Like, these people don’t know civilians are always in a hurry during such seasons! I can’t believe I was made to pay more than $200 even after pleading for hours to go see my sick dad! I’m never driving myself there again!

  6. Lenny
    December 4, 2017 - 6:44 pm

    This might sound like such a bore but I almost never go above the speeding limit. I was a collateral victim in a pretty bad accident – luckily I had just minor cuts and bruises – and I’ve learned my lesson.

  7. Jesse M.
    December 5, 2017 - 1:21 am

    I live in North Carolina and this isn’t a joke! You do not want to be pulled over for speeding. When I was in a hurry to catch a flight, I got pulled over and if it wasn’t for me knowing one of the cops (cousin was dating him at the time), I would have been fined and likely would have missed my flight. Thankfully he could speak for me on my behalf why I could not miss the flight.

  8. ProlificAshley
    December 6, 2017 - 4:16 pm

    WTF! I never know Virginia charge this high for reckless driving. This is really serious.

  9. Ramona
    May 1, 2018 - 2:21 pm

    The image you used to represent North Carolina is actually an image of a South Carolina State Trooper.

    • TopTraveler
      May 1, 2018 - 2:40 pm

      Nice catch! We’ve updated with a photo of Charlotte, North Carolina police motorcycles. Thanks for reading!


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