Drivers in Florida are the most likely in the nation to be hit with speeding tickets, according to a top-10 list compiled by the National Motorists Association ahead of the coming Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Texas and Nevada, two U.S. states known for miles of open highways, also are among the top 10 states most likely to issue tickets, the group said.
The list is based on research conducted by the group using Google Search Insights in which it looked at search inquiries for terms such as “speeding ticket” on a state-by-state basis, the group said.
Behind Florida among the 10 states most likely to ticket were Georgia and Nevada tied for second place, followed by Texas, Alabama, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, the District of Columbia and New Jersey.
While the list is dominated by populous states, Nevada is the nation’s 35th most populated state.
“Nevada is a little bit of a puzzler. Other than Las Vegas, Reno and so forth it’s fairly wide open,” said Gary Biller, executive director of the Waunakee, Wisconsin, group.
Montana, which ranks 44th in population according to U.S. government data, is the state where drivers are least likely to get a ticket, the data showed.
Wyoming followed, as did North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Maine, West Virginia, Idaho, Nebraska and New Mexico.