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S.C. doesn't rank as a top ticket-issuing state

While it might seem that patrol officers in South Carolina pull drivers over for speeding more often than officers in other states do, it is a misconception, at least according to study results released by a national motorists' advocacy group.

South Carolina didn't crack the top five in 2011 in terms of speeding tickets or other violations, according to the statistics from the National Motorists Association. Nevada took the top spot for issuing the most moving violations, but residents in South Carolina need to be careful in neighboring states. Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Maryland were the other top issuers of tickets.

Drivers were least likely to receive a ticket in Wyoming, then Montana.

The study also included a ranking of the metropolitan areas in which officers wrote the most tickets and no South Carolina area was cited. Among the top 10 cities that were cited on this list are Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C and Orlando, amongst others.

The motorists group conducted the study by analyzing the results of Google searches that included terms based on tickets, such as speeding ticket or traffic ticket, along with geographic areas. A spokesman for the agency acknowledged that while it isn't the most scientific manner of study, the information is not readily available through state or local law-enforcement agencies. If it were, it would require an analysis of perhaps thousands of jurisdictions' records.

Additionally, no solid statistics exist on where "speed traps" can be found or how often. The motorists' group, however, does keep some information on its website that has been submitted by drivers who have been ensnared.

Receiving a ticket for speeding or another moving violation never proves a pleasant or inexpensive experience and could require a trip to court or a hefty fine. The best way to avoid a ticket is to take caution to obey all road laws.

Source: USA Today, "Where are you most likely to get a speeding ticket?" Jayne Clark, May 24, 2012

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