Ticket triggers: The top spots for speeding tickets in the Tri-State
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - How fast can you go before a you get a ticket? Theoretically, it's anything over the speed limit.
Local 12's Duane Pohlman analyzed more than 350,000 speeding tickets handed out by troopers in Ohio last year.
Many drivers think they can speed up to nine miles per hour over the speed limit and not get a ticket, which is sometimes referred to as the "9 you're fine. 10 you're mine" rule.
But the data shows that's not necessarily true. So, is there a speed that really triggers that ticket?
One night on patrol, catching speeders on I-275 in Clermont County begins and ends with Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Andrew Dunn.
"You in a hurry for any particular reason today sir?” said Sgt. Dunn after pulling a driver over.
While his radar and laser capture lots of drivers exceeding the speed limit, what speed over the limit truly triggers a response and ticket?
Like many drivers, Cecilia believes there is an "unwritten rule” when it comes to speeding.
“I always thought there was a ten-mile grace period, kind of thing,” said Cecelia.
Sgt. Dunn says that there's even a saying out there.
“They hear this ‘9 you're fine. 10 you're mine,’” said Sgt. Dunn. “It's not true.”
So, what is true?
“I won't give [an idea of speed] cause then it gives them that idea they can travel that fast,” said Sgt. Dunn.
Sgt. Dunn may not want to say, but data doesn't lie.
Millions of pieces of data for every speeding ticket issued by the patrol last year in the entire state of Ohio was sorted and processed to help reveal the true speed “over the limit” that most commonly ends with a trooper handing you a speeding ticket.
Across the state of Ohio, the data reveals that trigger for a speeding ticket is 15 miles-per-hour over the speed limit. The same is true in the six counties of metro-Cincinnati.
The Tri-State trigger point for a ticket is apparently 15 miles-per-hour over the limit.
That means the data shows that most of the tickets are issued for going 85 in a 70 or 80 in a 65 or 70 in a 55.
Still, that doesn't mean you can go up to 14 miles per hour over the limit and avoid being stopped, just ask Sgt. Dunn.
“I have initiated traffic stops for less than 10 miles per over the speed limit, but I have never issued a citation,” said Sgt. Dunn.
While he may not write a ticket for that, the data reveals some troopers will.
More than 1,200 speeding tickets written in Ohio were for driving 9 miles per hour or less over the posted 70 mile-per-hour limit.
The list includes tickets for speeds of 77, 76, 75, or even 71 in a 70 mile-per-hour zone.
“One mile-an-hour over is speeding,” said Sgt. Dunn.
It's a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of speeding tickets handed out, but the list proves even slower speeds can trigger that ticket.
So, the vast majority of speeding tickets issued by troopers are for speeds much faster than what many think.
But, again, if you think the data gives you permission to go faster, just remember that it's up to the trooper or police officer to decide if they're going to pull you over and hand you that ticket.