Speeding: Then and Now

You may not have received a speeding ticket yourself lately but you surely know someone who has. Speeding tickets have a long and interesting history, and can cost you more than you think. The first ever known speeding fine was in 1896, when a driver in Great Britain was fined 1 shilling plus costs for going 8 MPH in a 2 MPH zone. In the United States, the world's first paper speeding ticket was given to actor and director Harry Myers in Dayton, Ohio, for going 12 MPH in 1904.

Angry about the cost of your ticket? Be happy you don't live in Switzerland or Finland. Anssi Vanjoki was fined $103,000 for going 16.5 miles over the speed limit in Finland, meanwhile a driver in Switzerland received the world's most expensive ticket for going 35 MPH over the limit, a whopping $290,000 in 2010. These countries, as well as Sweden, Denmark and Germany, all have ticket costs based on yearly income. Meanwhile, the average speeding fine in the United States is $120.

Looking for a few more interesting speeding ticket stats? How about Henry Ford's first motor vehicle that could only go forward. A true win for when you "accidently" pass your in-law's driveway. More than 41,000,000 speeding tickets were written in the U.S. in 2003. And if you think that men are more likely to get a speeding ticket you'd be right, but more women fight their tickets. And the fastest speeding ticket written allegedly belongs to a Texas driver who was going 242 MPH in a 75 MPH zone.

Any interesting speeding stories you've experienced or heard about? Be sure to share them with us in our comments section below.

This entry was posted on February 6th, 2012 by jhubbard and is filed under Recent News & Updates.