Maintaining the proper speed limit may sound like an easy enough feat, but it really isn’t quite so easy to put into practice. The chaos of everyday life puts pressure on us to stay on the go, and other South Florida drivers virtually swirl around us which motivates us to try to keep up with traffic. It is, therefore, completely unsurprising that there were more than 75,300 speeding tickets issued in Palm Beach County last year. Do you want to learn more? Visit FloridaTicketFirm. That’s just the speeding tickets and does not included the more than half a million other traffic tickets that were issued here. Of all of these speeding tickets, only six percent of these citations were either dismissed or the driver was found not guilty.
We all know the reputation of Florida State troopers as being rather no-nonsense, so another unsurprising fact is that nearly 40% of these speeding tickets that were doled out in Palm Beach County were issued by the Florida Highway Patrol although the Palm Beach Sheriff’s office was a close second. These facts just reaffirm what I have always said – the issuance of speeding tickets or traffic citations in general is a multi-million dollar enterprise upon which our local law enforcement agencies thrive. Of course, with speeding tickets being the number one reason that traffic citations are issued, it’s easy to see why law enforcement and legislators count on these funds to pad their budgets. The old adage of “At nine you’re fine, at ten you’re mine,” is no longer a benchmark that drivers should use when calculating what speed they think they can get away with.
I think that for the most part the average driver frequently doesn’t even notice posted speed limits and more often than not, just ignores them when they do see them. Unless you have recently gotten a traffic ticket, are a new driver, or you are unfamiliar with an area, it becomes quite easy to just go along and try to keep up with traffic. It can be challenging to try to keep one eye on the road and one on the speedometer, and using cruise control is completely impractical unless you are traveling for an extended period of time on a highway.
Even a couple of miles per hour over the speed limit can become very expensive. In Florida, a speeding fine can cost anywhere between $150 and $650 which means that Palm Beach rakes in an average of over $30,000,000 per year from speeding infractions alone, and the State of Florida hauls in more than 20 times that amount. This staggering sum is an amount that can be inconceivable in minds of most of us, but to the State of Florida and the other entities that collect a portion of these funds, it’s all in a day’s work.
There are those who will say that cops are just doing their job and this is true, but they have more than just a paycheck to sway them in favor of writing speeding tickets as opposed to letting someone off with just a warning. Their personal income may not be affected by the amount of traffic tickets that they write, but their job itself certainly is. A cop who writes a lot of tickets is going to look like he’s motivated to his supervisors, where as a cop who writes fewer speeding tickets may appear to be slacking off on the job. When it comes to promotions, this is certainly going to be a consideration.