states’ traffic laws are geared more towards earning revenue than protecting drivers.
With the first major driving holiday of the summer season approaching, the National Motorists Association - a
national driver’s rights group - has analyzed the laws across the country to
determine the best and the worst states when it comes to exploiting the
Baxter, President of the National
Motorists Association, said, "it is not exactly a well kept
secret that many traffic laws, enforcement practices, and traffic courts are
more about generating revenue and political posturing, than they are about
traffic safety. During holidays, like the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we're bombarded with horrendous
fines, ‘click it or ticket’, and messages about intensified enforcement when in
fact most vacation-related traffic accidents are caused by inattention, distraction
and fatigue (causes which don’t generate much in the way of government revenue).”
state rankings were calculated using seventeen criteria related to specific traffic
laws, enforcement practices, and the treatment of traffic ticket defendants. The rankings are
designed to provide guidance to travelers who do not want their vacation ruined
traps, arcane laws or "kangaroo" traffic courts.
The state most likely to find its way into your wallet is New Jersey. With its toll roads,
roadblocks, and speed traps, it has hardly left a stone unturned when
it comes to extracting cash from motorists.
the worst ten states:
1) New Jersey
5) New York
opposite end of the spectrum, states that treated motorists most
fairly are Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, and Kentucky.
(Source: National Motorists Association)
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