Most Expensive First Offense: (Tie) Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire--These five states all hold drivers liable for a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense. The fine is up to a judge and can be based on how many miles per hour you're ticketed over the designated speed limit, or if you were caught speeding in a work or a school zone, both of which tend to double a fine. Also, you can spend up to a year in jail.
Most Expensive State to Fight a Ticket: Massachusetts—In 2005, a man got a $15 parking ticket in Massachusetts. In order to fight the ticket, he had to pay $319.90 in filing fees with the court, which was non-refundable whether he won his case or not. His case went to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court, where his lawyers argued that the fees took away his constitutional right to due process. A judge ruled that the man hadn't "met the burden of proof that the laws weren't in keeping with the state constitution, and that the fee system serves the purpose of discouraging the filing of nonmeritorious appeals."
Sneakiest Speed Traps in America: Vermont--Mt. Tabor is a road in western Vermont that doesn't even have a traffic light. What it does have is a speed limit sign that drops to 40 mph. One officer in the village of Island Pond made national news by writing 1,100 tickets with fines totaling $100,000. It was a tenth of the entire revenue of the town that year.
Most Unmarked State Police Cars: Connecticut—When it comes to the Connecticut State Police car, only one is assigned to every troop. They're white with yellow and blue markings. Most Connecticut State Police cars are silver, with a pushbar up front and a low-profile lightbar on the roof, which says only "State Police" on it. Connecticut's also notorious for using Camaros, Mustangs, Grand Nationals and other non-traditional cars as unmarked patrol cars on the state's highways.
Most Tickets Written: Washington, DC--With just over half a million residents, DC's Finest write more than 430,000 tickets a year.
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