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Reckless Driving and Speeding in South Dakota-Report Card
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Reckless Driving and Speeding in South Dakota-Report Card

2018's Strictest and Most Lenient States on Speeding and Reckless Driving


News Staff - July 5, 2018

UNDATED - Speed kills. We have all been told that since driver’s education class, and yet American drivers routinely exceed the speed limit. To find out which states take the hardest line on dangerous driving behavior, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2018's Strictest and Most Lenient States on Speeding and Reckless Driving.

WalletHub analyzed penalties for speeding and reckless driving in each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. Our data set ranges from what speeds are automatically considered reckless driving to how many speeding tickets it takes to earn an automatic license suspension.

Strictest States on Speeding
and Reckless Driving Most Lenient States on Speeding
and Reckless Driving
1 Delaware T-39 Massachusetts
2 Colorado T-39 New Hampshire
T-3 Arizona T-39 Michigan
T-3 New Mexico T-39 Wisconsin
5 California T-43 Kentucky
6 Oregon T-43 Montana
7 North Carolina T-43 Ohio
T-8 Illinois T-43 South Carolina
T-8 Virginia T-47 Nebraska
T-8 Alabama T-47 New Jersey
T-8 Washington T-49 Oklahoma
T-49 Mississippi
51 Texas

South Dakota was tied for 29th with Utah, Missouri, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Wyoming was tied for 17th and North Dakota wtih Minnesota and three other states at 34th.

Key Stats:

Oregon has the highest cost of a ticket for reckless driving, approximately $6,250, which is 62.5 times higher than in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico and Ohio, the states with the lowest at $100.

Alaska has the highest additional cost for car insurance after one speeding ticket, 65.24%, which is 27 times higher than in New Hampshire, the state with the lowest at 2.42%.

In Illinois one speeding ticket has the highest impact toward a suspension, 133%, which is 17 times higher than in North Dakota the state with the lowest at 8%.



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