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Travel Tip: Speeding Tickets Out Of State

What’s more aggravating than getting a speeding ticket? Getting an out-of-state speeding ticket.Here’s what you need to know about dealing with that situation.

First off, if you get cited for speeding, don’t ignore it! Something called the Non-Resident Violator Compact is valid in 44 states. It means if you ignore a ticket, your home state will be notified and could result in your license being suspended.

Each state varies in its rules–for example, North Carolina has a mandatory court appearance.

Ask the officer who issues the ticket, or contact the county court, to find out if you’re expected to show up, and how you can waive that.

So how can you avoid all this? Well, don’t speed, obviously. But we all know it doesn’t always work out that way.

According to the National Motorists Association, Florida is the state most likely to issue speeding tickets, with Georgia and Nevada tying for second.

And of course, there are those dreaded speed traps. If you’re really worried, check out the Web site, a network where drivers can upload information to warn others about speed traps.

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