Not all states are created equal when it comes to their traffic laws. While all states aim to create laws to protect their drivers, some are much more restrictive than others, and a select few take traffic restrictions, particularly those related to speeding, to an extreme.
A few of the more mild examples of this can be found in Pennsylvania and New York. Exceeding the speed limit by 11 mph or more will get you a mandatory 15 day license suspension in Pennsylvania, and could get you up to 15 days in jail in New York. Minnesota also boasts an extreme punishment for extreme speeders, allowing for a 6 month license suspension for exceeding 100 mph anywhere in the state.
Wisconsin allows for the addition of six points to your license if you’re caught doing more than 20 mph over the speed limit. This is the same number of points you would receive for a first-offense DUI in this state. They’ll also add on a 15 day license suspension if you exceed the speed limit by 25 mph or more in a 55 of 65 mph zone.
Virginia is by far the worst state to be caught speeding in. Their extreme speeding laws recently gained national attention after a well-known auto reviewer was caught speeding while on a press drive for the new Camaro ZL1. He wrote an article on his experience, explaining how he was caught doing 93 in a 55 mph zone and, despite the best efforts of his lawyer, had to return to the state to spend a weekend in jail because he was charged with reckless driving in addition to speeding. There are a number of ways an officer can add a reckless driving charge to a speeding ticket in Virginia, from the obvious offences, like excessive speeding, to something as trivial as failure to use a turn signal. This bumps a speeding charge up to a misdemeanor (or a felony if it’s your second offence within three years) and automatically adds $950 to $3000 and jail time to your sentence.
Not all states are out to get drivers, though. Georgia stands out as the most driver-friendly state, with no fine if you are speeding by less than five miles per hour over the limit, and no points on your license if you’re found to be driving too fast for conditions.