Gotten any speeding tickets lately?
According to a WalletHub study, Ohio is the ninth most lenient state on speeding and reckless driving. WalletHub determined this based on an analysis of penalties for these violations in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Among the criteria for determining the ranking was the fine amount for a first conviction for reckless driving. Ohio ranked last on the list, meaning it gives out the lowest fine. Ohio tied with Kentucky, Mississippi and New Mexico with the lowest fine amount of $100. The average maximum cost of a ticket for reckless driving is $845, and the highest fine amount is about $6,250 in Oregon, according to WalletHub.
The other categories included in the report and where Ohio fell in the rankings were:
- 8th — Average increase in cost of insurance after one speeding ticket
- 10th — Minimum jail time (first reckless offense)
- 13th — Minimum jail time (second reckless offense)
- 26th — Speeding automatically considered reckless driving
- 33rd — How much do speeding ticket points count toward a suspension
- 46th — Maximum fine (second reckless offense)
The study found that, on average, reckless drivers across the country should expect to spend at least one day in jail for their first offense and three days for their second offense.
To see the full results of the study, click here.