The maximum speed limits within the United States vary from state-to-state. See map on left. The number of speeding tickets issued in each state also varies. Driverside.com, a car owner website, recently researched the worst states to speed. Specifically, they looked at the number of speeding tickets issued based on population. The results are below.
Surprisingly, New York is not on the list with many smaller population states making it instead.
- The number one speeding ticket states is actually not a state. The nation’s capital is the runaway traffic ticket champion with an 434,301 traffic tickets being issued to its 553,523 residents, meaning that a whopping 78.5% of the District of Columbia population received at least one traffic violation!
- Wyoming has a population of 506,529 people and issued 46,366 moving violations. That’s about 9.2% of its population.
- Similarly, Vermont has a population of only 631,394 residents but issued 52,269 traffic violations representing 8.4% of its population.
- North Dakota has a per capita ticket percentage of 7.2% (population 634,366 and 45,510 traffic tickets issued).
- Mississippi has 2,902,966 residents and its police force hands out 197,434 tickets for a 6.8% percent of the population.
- Maryland issued 6.3% of its population with 349,921 traffic tickets being issued in this state of 5,558,058.
- New Mexico’s 1,903,289 residents were issued 117,303 speeding violations (6.1%) despite its 75 mph highway speed limit.
- South Carolina has a population of 4,198,068 which were issued a total of 228,363 speeding tickets (5.4%).
- Delaware has the smallest population of the states on the list with a 5.36% figure. Its 830,364 residents received 44,551 tickets.
- The final state to make the list is the largest in population. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ 6,416,505 residents received 337,103 tickets last year (5.25%).