When Are You Most Likely to Get a Speeding Ticket?

Fact: any driver can be pulled over for speeding at any time. There is no magic formula for avoiding your local police, and even highway patrol cars can blend into the otherwise clear scenery on a long drive across the state.

So if someone were to ask when he or she was most likely to get pulled over for speeding, the obvious answer is whenever the vehicle is clocked going too fast for the posted speed limit. Simple, right? However, a recent study shows that there are more than a few factors that could contribute to the likelihood of being pulled over or issued a citation for even the slightest infraction against area traffic laws, including certain days or even weeks out of a given month.

We can’t guarantee that tweaking your driving habits according to the results will keep law enforcement off your trail, but being more aware while on the road is never a bad idea in our books. To that end, we chose some of these facts to share so you can make adjustments and feel safer every time you get behind the wheel.

What’s the date again?

Believe it or not, several major cities and the data collected on when more drivers were issued speeding tickets indicate that the end of the month is a popular time for citations. Although, we don’t recommend saving up your speed for the new month ahead. The numbers also showed that the first of the month was rife with traffic tickets as well!

Beat the rush…or not.

When would you say there were more cars on the roads where you live? If you said during morning or afternoon rush hours, or between 7 and 9 a.m. and again between 2 and 4 p.m., then the findings would agree! These timeframes reported more tickets issued than just about any other, with the possible exception being after 9 p.m. and on toward midnight. So if you’re headed back from a concert that ran later than you expected, or if you’re late for work one morning, pump the brakes! Otherwise, you may be at greater risk for a speeding ticket.

Don’t follow the crowd.

To date, speeding continues to be one of the most common traffic citations issued across the country. But, that doesn’t mean that law enforcement doesn’t see any other common patterns among drivers. Behind speeding, the study also showed a high volume of tickets being issued as a response to tag or registration violations, safety equipment or altered vehicle violations, and careless driving behaviors. So if you feel the need to take risks, or if you know your insurance is up for renewal, remember that many other drivers before you have run into legal trouble for the very same things, and that the trend continues.

If you find yourself being pulled over for any traffic violations – at any time – Wentz Law Firm is here to help. Contact us for a consultation and find out what our legal experts can do for you!

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