so far this summer no tickets in most states because the courts are closed
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When states and municipalities go through budget shortfalls and the economy is in a down cycle, more speeding tickets are issued.

It might seem counterintuitive, but police officers are writing more tickets and making less money. They're being tougher on drivers, issuing tickets for drivers going just 10 mph over the speed limit than 20 mph, but the fines for smaller infractions are less.

For example, in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area of Florida, police handed out 1,500 more tickets in 2010 than they did in 2008. But revenue from those tickets declined nearly $200,000 over those two years, hitting $494,214 in 2010.

Drivers, too, are getting smarter. Widespread use of radar detectors and smart-phone apps that keep drivers aware of
speed traps are helping drivers avoid getting tickets in the first place.

The best defense against speeding tickets is to drive no more than 5 miles over the speed limit. But it can be easy, for example, to sneak up to 45 mph in a 35 mph zone, or even get up to 80 mph on a highway straight-away that is a 65 mph zone.

There are several tools, some of which are free, that give drivers a fighting chance to avoid the dreaded ticket and points on their license that will result in higher
auto insurance premiums, as well as lighten their lead feet. As the economy remains sluggish and tax revenues down, pressure is mounting on law enforcement to write more tickets.

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