Here at The Jason Reece Law Firm, we live and breath all things traffic. From speeding tickets to DWIs, we’ve seen it all, and we’ve successfully defended it all! So if you need someone on your side to help fight your traffic violation, then we’re here to help. Till then, we hope you will indulge us in our fascination with traffic ticket facts like these.
It’s Not Always Best to be First
No one can say for sure when the very first speeding ticket was issued, but Great Britain may lay claim to convicting the first speeder. It was January 28th, 1896 and Walter Arnold was roaring down the highway clocking in at 8 miles per hour. That was four times the posted speed limit of 2 MPH. (That’s like going 140 in a 35 today.) Too bad he didn’t have a great traffic ticket attorney; he ended up paying 1 shilling plus costs.
Big Apple Bedlam
Not to be outdone by those uppity Brits, a New York City cab driver, Jacob German, moved into the number one spot for excessive speed when he put the pedal to the metal. He was arrested on May 20th, 1899 for burning up the road at an astonishing 12 MPH on Lexington Ave. in Manhattan. We suspect he may be considered the father of the “cabbie’s driving crazy” movement that still thrives today.
Need For Speed
But neither of those early pioneers of speeding ticket history can hold a candle to Daniel Nicks. Another Brit with a desire for exceeding the speed limit, Nicks received six weeks jail time and lost his driving privileges for two years when he was convicted for traveling 175 MPH on his Honda Fireblade motorcycle. Determined to take the title, yet another UK speeder, Timothy Brady, was convicted of driving 172 MPH in his Porsche 911 Turbo. That little fun run cost him ten weeks in jail and being banned for three years from driving.
So You Think Your Traffic Ticket Fines Are Going to be Outrageous?
It’s Helsinki, Finland in 2003 and Jussi Salonoja, heir to his family’s sausage empire, was convicted of driving a relatively moderate 80 km in a 40 km. But it’s not the speed here which is so notable; it’s the fine. As in 170,000 euros (that’s $207,651 U.S.!) No, that’s not a typo. You see, Finnish speeding tickets aren’t relevant to the traffic violation, they are based on the driver’s income. And you thought your wallet was going to take a hit.