Reporters at the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minnesota conducted an exhaustive, 3 year audit of 224,915 traffic tickets issued in Minnesota over the last three years. In addition to speeding, there are other factors impacting the police’s decision to issue a traffic violation. The younger the driver, the more likely they’ll be ticketed. Drivers between the age of 16 and 25 got one third of the speeding tickets. Men are ticketed 50 percent more than women across all age groups.
Drivers age 16 to 25 received 33 percent of the State Patrol’s speeding tickets but were only 13 percent of the population. Drivers 40 or older also got 33 percent of tickets but make up 49 percent of the population. Speeding tickets peak at age 19 and then drop off steadily as drivers age.
Time also played a factor. Speeding immediately following the morning rush or during the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. traffic lull increases your chances of getting a ticket. This is because there’s less people on the roads so it’s easier to speed and to pull people over.
The most common ticket issued was for those driving 12 mph over the speed limit, and only 3% of the tickets written were for doing 10 MPH or less over the limit.
More tickets are written on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays than they have on other days of the week. While weekday tickets peak around 2 p.m., weekend tickets follow a different pattern. The largest number of Saturday and Sunday citations are issued between 4 and 6 p.m.
From this study, here is some practical advice on how to avoid a speeding tickets:
- Don’t speed.
- If you do speed, go less than 10 MPH over the limit.
- Go slower in the summer, when enforcement is more intense.
- Watch out on weekends and in the middle of the day.
- Be extra careful if you’re young.
- If you’re pulled over, be polite.
- If you have prior tickets on your record, you’re less likely to get a break from a trooper. So to avoid a conviction from the ticket you received, call us now.