Where To Drive To Avoid Speeding Tickets

by : John Hartley

You don't want to get a speeding ticket, do you and you are a bit nervous about having a radar detector in case it isn't legal? Well, here's a novel alternative to driving slowly, buying a radar detector, or just getting tickets.

Go and live somewhere else. You see there is quite a variation in the speed limits in different states in the USA, and in different countries.

Total freedom does not exist. Even in the Northern Territory of Australia they have fallen foul of some erroneous data to impose speed limits on the longest fast road in the state - until recently there were no limits except in towns. You can get a speeding ticket almost anywhere.

In Germany, there are some autobahns without speed limits, but the norm is 80 mph, and almost all German cars have limiters to prevent them going over 155 mph. In Italy, there are speed limits, but in many places you can speed without too much trouble.

But what about in the USA? The thing is to move to a state with a 75 mph speed limit. That means you should be safe to 80 mph - but go too fast and you are still in danger of getting a ticket. In some states, they even use helicopters to find speedsters, which can hardly be cost-effective.

States with higher speed limits

According to my latest information these are the states with 75 mph speed limits:

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma , South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Hurrah for them! Quite a few, but maybe not exactly where you want to live. Well, the second rank are the states with 70 mph limits - the same as in the UK. There are quite a number giving you more choice:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia

That's 33 of the US states allow you to drive at 70 mph or higher.

Maybe those places don't appeal, and I must admit that the situation could easily change as oil becomes scarcer and more expensive - expect that to happen soon. Remember, it was the first energy crisis that brought blanket speed limits on freeways and expressways and motorways in the first place. In the UK the government said the limit of 70 mph was temporary. Now, with cars being so much safer than they were then it is clear that that limit, and the old 55 mph limit in the USA is well out of date.

However,speed limits generally may fall again in the next five years.

To help you keep out of trouble you need to:

Know the speed limit wherever you are driving - not too easy with the way limits change every few hundred yards on some roads, and when you change from one state to the other;

Concentrate on your driving, and don't accidentally keep going faster and faster on a straight boring road without knowing it;

Watch for any signs of speed traps;

Drive on the center lane on highways;

If legal, buy a radar and laser detector, or at least a device that tells you where the speed traps are.

You can still find places where you can drive fast and safely but a device that warns you of speed traps,which can bring those speeding tickets is a good idea.

John Hartley is editor of a website designed ti help you avoid speeding tickets. He has written from many of the world's top auto magazines, and has written many books about cars and the auto industry, including 'Suspension and Steering Q&A' and 'The Electronics Revolution in the Motor Industry'.