Nothing tells you "welcome to the Labor Day Holiday" like undeserved speeding tickets--especially if you are traveling to a different state and get ticketed out of your element.But how can you discern which of the states as well as which US cities are highly likely to put a real damper on your Memorial Day holiday vacation by giving you a traffic ticket? Although states do not keep track of ticket data grouped together for all their municipal, county, and state jurisdictions, there is a way to find out. Most municipalities do not even want it publicized that they operate a "traffic-ticket-happy" frenzy for writing tickets. They don't want to be labeled as speed traps.
Research to the Rescue
Luckily, a driver's rights group has helped drivers to fight tickets and has updated their traffic ticket listings and rankings of the likelihood for awarding holiday travelers with needed insight regarding which areas are generally going to be most likely for slapping you with a traffic ticket.
How They Got the Data
The speeding ticket rankings you find below have come from analysis of traffic-related keyword queries like "speeding ticket" as well as "traffic tickets" inside of Google's Key Word Tool Insights. This online public keyword research tool shows online traffic search trends for the "roadway traffic" ticket terms. The data is collected both locally as well as nationally for the entire US. The same methods have been used in creating many different rankings of the sort.
The State Traffic Ticket Rankings by City and State
After analyzing the speeding ticket search query numbers, it was determined that Nevada has been dubbed most likely for issuance of a driving ticket. Coming in behind Nevada is Georgia as well as followed by Alabama. Back during 2010, the state of Florida topped the list and then came Georgia with Nevada in a tie for 2nd spot.
On the flip side, you'll find that the states least likely for giving you a traffic ticket lands you smack square in rural Wyoming. No surprise Montana ranks second and these states have been here at the bottom of the list for some time.
The following Top Twenty Five States for Giving Traffic Tickets have stayed remarkably steady over the past several years: just Michigan moved off the top 25 traffic ticket states (a measly drop down to 30th), and was pushed off the list by the state of Virginia which jumped up to 22nd on the list of states likely to ticket you. The list points to chronic ticketing reliance for generating an "alternate form of tax" revenue for these states as well as for padding local coffers. Some of the most notable revenue garnering offenders are Maryland, the state of Louisiana as well as the state of California--each of which have recently moved into the Top 10 states for issuing traffic tickets who were not there previously.
Motorists in the US's Northeast region may be happy to know that New Jersey as well as Delaware fortunately saw traffic ticket rankings take a dive: New Jersey moved 13 spots downward to 23rd on the list (still fairly high) with Delaware going 13 spots downward to hit 40th on the list which is a comfortable spot to be.
Yet, if you plan on a vacation trip that involves going through Nebraska, be warned that you should be on the lookout for blue & red lights. This is because the state of Nebraska as the biggest jumper towards the top (Truly a loser and not a gainer). Nebraska jumped 10 spots up to 33rd on the list.
Cities on the Top List of Traffic Tickets
In 2012 the research has expanded and traffic ticket rankings now include the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest likelihood for issuing tickets to motorists. These drivers in the following cities may feel the need to be very vigilant in the city of Atlanta, as well as Los Angeles, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Not far behind are Miami as well as NYC.
Top 25 Traffic Ticket State Rankings (These states are ranked on the order of most likely for giving tickets to drivers down to the least likely to slap traffic tickets on drivers):
2012 10 Highest Metropolitan Area Traffic Ticket Rankings (these cities have been ranked starting with the most likely for giving tickets to motorist down to the least likely to ticket drivers):