MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new study warns drivers with a lead foot that they might want to stay out of the Sunshine State, claiming data showing drivers here are more likely to get a speeding ticket that anywhere else in the nation.
The claim is made by the online service carinsurancequotes.com which said it has researched data from a number of sources to back up the claim, which it also uses to help sell car insurance.
In data checked for 2011, the Florida Highway Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said police 17,995 speeding tickets statewide, data used by the carinsurancequotes.com study.
The state also reported another 6,132 citations were handed out to drivers who were zipping along at speeds too fast for conditions.
Not surprisingly in a state handing out so many tickets, Florida is also known as a haven for speed traps ranking 10th on a list of states which lie in wait for speeders. Florida is home to Waldo in Alachua County, which is legendary among annals of speed traps.
Carinsurancequotes.com said it scavenged public records and private data sources to compile its lists, including the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Governors Highway Safety Association, the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.