What Was Speeding Like Back In The Day?

Here’s a bit of trivia for you. How fast was the first person to get a speeding ticket traveling? What would you put your wager on? 50 mph? 80? Did it take something like 100 mph to get a ticket because nobody had gone that fast before?

Amazingly, cars didn’t go very fast in the beginning and the first ticket was handed out to a gentleman for topping out at a breakneck EIGHT mph! This guy was in England and the year was 1896. It wasn’t until eight years later, in 1904, that the first American got their first speeding ticket, and that was in Ohio! Times had caught up, and 8 mph was no longer reckless. No sir, it was 12 mph!

When do you think the first radar gun was used? 70s? 80s? Nope. The first ticket handed out from a driver being caught by a radar gun was in 1954 to a man for going 36 in a 25. That actually does still happen today!

So, just for fun, what’s the fastest you can legally drive today in the US of A? It is 85 mph! This is the speed limit on a short 40 mile stretch of highway between Austin and San Antonion texas. To make sure you can drive safely within our Vermont speed limits, come and have your tires checked before the fall leaves start to slick up the roads. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy‚Äôs Service Center for all your auto repair needs!