First Traffic Ticket Experience


Beware of your surroundings, you can get pulled over anywhere.

By Amanda Martin, Staff Writer

Speeding ticket. Reckless driving ticket. Failure to stop. All of these examples are types of tickets that are examples of a traffic citation, a summons issued by a law enforcement officer to a person violating a traffic law.

“I was 20, I had my own job, I paid my own insurance, paid for my own car and I didn’t tell my parents. I instantly felt like I don’t have the money to pay for this ticket. Now I can’t buy something because I have to use that money towards the ticket” Paul L. said.

The most common form of a traffic ticket is a speeding ticket. On average, 112,000 people receive a speeding ticket per day and 41,000,000 people receive speeding tickets per year. Most young adults hide the fact that they got a ticket from their parents. Speeding tickets have the average cost of $152. Most teenagers do not have the money to pay for a ticket.

“I was 16 and I was driving through a small town. It was Christmas Eve and I thought the speed limit was 45” Catherine G. said.

Drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 get the most tickets compared to any other age group. Getting a traffic citation can happen each and every day of the year. A lot of people think that they could get away with speeding or breaking any other traffic law when it is the day before a major holiday. Just because it is the holidays does not mean that a police officer is off of work.

“I was driving to get something to eat. I couldn’t decide if I wanted Jack in the Box or Wendy’s. I was deep in thought and I sped through a school zone. I didn’t even realize it and got pulled over while I was in the Jack in the Box drive thru. It was quite embarrassing” Jessica G. said.

A police officer can pull someone over at any time or location. It might not be the best spot to get pulled over, but a police officer has to do his or her job if someone is breaking the law in any way.

More men receive speeding tickets compared to women. The top 10 states that write out the most citations include Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Everyone has received or seen someone get a traffic ticket before. There are very few things that one can do to prevent themselves from getting a ticket.