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The Strictest – and Most Lenient – States for Speeding and Reckless Driving

Some places you just need to take your time.

by on Jul.21, 2015

Colorado is considered the strictest state in the country when it comes to speeding. Texas is the most lenient.

Jalopnik reporter Patrick George learned the hard way not to speed in Virginia when he spent three days in the slammer last summer after being pulled over for doing 93 mph in a 55 zone.

As tough as that might seem, though, Virginia isn’t even in the Top Five among the strictest states when it comes to enforcing speeding and reckless driving laws. At the top of the list is the Colorado. At the other end of the spectrum is Texas, according to a new study, perhaps no surprise for a state that also has the fastest freeway in the country.

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Officially, no state requires mandatory jail time for speeding, reports financial website But push far enough over the limit and you could find the charge changed to reckless driving, as happened to Jalopnik’s over-eager scribe, who was sentenced to one day for each mph over 90. (more…)

Cities Using GPS Apps to Ease Traffic Congestion, Parking

Boston teams with Waze to cut down on double-parking epidemic.

by on Jul.20, 2015

The City of Boston and Waze, the GPS app, are teaming to help eliminate double parking in the city.

Traffic and parking have become troublesome issues for motorists in many cities and the impact of these growing problems on buyers, particularly younger ones, is a rising concern for carmakers.

The issues are also attracting the attention of technology companies.

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The city of Boston, in an effort to curb the problems created by double parking on the city’s narrow streets, has teamed up with Waze, an app-based GPS system that provides real-time traffic updates from users. (more…)

The Stoplight Celebrates its Centennial

Light the red, yellow and green candles.

by on Aug.06, 2014

The first traffic light appeared in Cleveland 100 years ago this week. Early models didn't have a yellow light. Photo Credit: Broadstreet Corridor.

If you’ve just finished a frustrating commute crawling through traffic, imagine how much worse your daily drive might be without some roadway essentials, like lane markers, speed limit signs – and the traffic light.

Red, yellow, green, those three colors have become a ubiquitous part of our modern lives, but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, the first electric traffic light didn’t make its appearance until nearly a year after Henry Ford switched on the world’s first moving assembly line. As with many breakthroughs, there are plenty of conflicting claims, but historians generally agree that the first true stoplight was installed on the corner of Euclid and 105th in Cleveland 100 years ago this week.

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Back then, Cleveland was a bustling and fast-growing metropolis, and second only to Detroit in terms of automotive production. So, its roads were approaching gridlock when Ohio inventor James Hoge came up with his clever idea: the first stoplights produced by the American Traffic Signal Company. (more…)

Are American Drivers Really Speed Demons?

New study says we talk fast but stay close to the speed limits.

by on Jan.21, 2010

Some of the nation's fastest and slowest roads.

Americans like to talk a fast game, but while we may like to believe we’re always pushing the limits, a new study suggests most drivers stick closer to the speed laws than we might think.

While motorists do run up average speeds over the posted limits in a few states, most stay under the limit, according to data collected though the Speed Profiles database compiled by TeleAtlas, the mapping unit of portable navigation manufacturer TomTom.  The report analyzed historical records gathered anonymously, over the last two years, from millions of GPS systems in use on U.S. roadways.

The tattletale systems reveal that the fastest stretch of highway in the U.S. is I-15, running through Utah and Nevada.  The average speed is 77.67 mph, but in some unpopulated stretches, the speed limit actually is set at 80.

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On a regional basis, the fastest part of the country isn’t out in the open West but, rather, in the American heartland.  TomTom reveals that 7 of the fastest 15 states are Mississippi, Kansas, Iowa, Iaho, Alabama and Missouri, where speeds average just over 67 mph.  The big surprise?  The typical speed limit in those states is 70.