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Data shows Richmond is most expensive area for speeding tickets

RICHMOND, Va.  — Recently crunched numbers by Nerdwallet.com show that the average cost for Virginia  drivers caught speeding is just over a total average of $335 a ticket.

But Richmond is the most expensive area in the Commonwealth to get fined, with drivers paying over $386.

Like many of us, Alex South admits she’s gone a little too fast while driving at times.

“A little bit more than I should have, absolutely,” said South.

Because of this, South said she recently found herself with a pricy speeding ticket she got while in Henrico

“I was like no way, I’m really upset about this but I pulled over and took the ticket anyway,” she said.

Alex paid the fines, but speeding cost her more than just a ticket. She had to pay court fees and had to deal with her insurance possible going up.

The average speeding ticket in Virginia will cost around $141 for going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Tack on the insurance costs and it can add up to around $64 per year for three years.

“It’s not worth paying the high price that comes along with it,” said South.

“It becomes an expensive thing,” said one Richmond driver.

Martha Meade with AAA Mid-Atlantic agrees the cost can make your wallet much lighter, but said drivers need to also remember the dangers of speeding.

“About 1,000 people every month die in this nation due to speeding,” she said.

“It makes me definitely want to stick to the 25 that is mostly around the city and not go about 30,” said South.

4 comments

  • Ron Melancon

    If you don’t speed you will not get pulled over. In fact we need more enforcement especially in Castle Point where our careless neighbors go 40 in 25.

  • Jim

    Colonial Heights will give out tickets for 1 or 2 miles over the limit. I would not have a problem with this except that when you drive across this country you really don’t know what will get you a ticket since enforcement and judges vary greatly.

  • John

    We all know there are tons of speeders. Almost every time I go on the highway I get to see a motorcycle come zig zagging between cars at 20-40 mph faster than the speed limit. And then they get an open stretch and really get down on it. I realize they are having fun and getting thrill out of riding their bike. Also there are cars that like to do the same zig zagging through traffic like they are playing a video game. To me, I think these are the most unsafe drivers as they have little regard for others safety. Otherwise, I don’t have a problem with people going a little faster than the speed limit as long as the conditions are okay to allow for it. They risk getting a ticket and shouldn’t complain.

  • Mo Fiscal conservatism

    They need to lower this and raise fines for things like “Possession of Marijuana”. This city is backwards.

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