2 little tickets + 1 decade = 2.17 Trillion Dollars sucked out of economy Traffic tickets have become Big Business in the past decade, unfortunately it is a business that does NOT support the economy and only sucks money out of the economy into special pockets (Court system, Driving schools, Auto insurance Co. and other court ordered cronies). Speeding tickets in 2003 were about 41,000,000 (41.Million) So lets play with that number...conservatively. Average fine $150.00 per ticket, average increase in insurance $300.00 X 3 yrs. = $1,050.00 for ticket and 3 yrs insurance increase...OR $43,050,000,000.00 (43.05 Billion Dollars) total for 2003 speeding tickets and 3 yr Auto ins. increase. Add to this 1,600,000 (1.6 Million) DUI's at average of $5,000.00 (fines, attorney, DUI school) = $8,000,000,000.00 (8.Billion Dollars) Ignition Interlock at $150.00 installation, $100.00 month =$1,350.00 for first year and $1,200.00 for following 2 years..=$3,750.00 =$6,000,000,000.00 (6.Billion Dollars) AND increased insurance for ten years at $1,000.00 per year average...= $10,000.00 X 1,600,000 =$16,000,000,000.00 (16.Billion Dollars) per year X ten years =$160,000,000,000.00 Total DUI cost for ticket and three years IID and insurance increase (10yr) for 2003 is: $174,000,000,000.00 (174. Billion Dollars) Out of pocket expenses for Speeding and DUI tickets for 2003 (and IID and insurance increases from 5-10 years) is: Speeding total: 43.05 Billion Dollars DUI total : 174. Billion Dollars $217,050,000,000.00 (217.05 Billion Dollars) This is the same for each and every year before 2003 and after 2003, so how much has NHTSA and MADD cost the NATION in ten years for just Two Tickets at the same averages as above? $2,170,500,000,000.00 (over 2.17 Trillion Dollars). That is an average of 42.6 Million motorist getting speeding/DUI tickets per year and each and every year thereafter or 420.6 Million in ten years.... Ten years that is OVER our total national population of 300. Million by 120.6 Million American citizens. NOW, we haven't even started on Reckless driving, seat belts, parking tickets, failure to yield, stop light/sign, or any of the other LITTLE tickets issued each and everyday... How many LIVES were saved? According to FARS (NHTSA)? (url link will not post I'm too new..LOL Fars main index... ) Since their "REPORT" only goes back to 1994... There were 36,254 fatal crashes in 1994 and ten years later in 2004 there were 38,444 fatal crashes.... a difference of 2,190 MORE in 2004....and the automobiles have become safer. HUM NHTSA and MADD cost the nation in spendable income over 2.17 Trillion Dollars in ten years for just two of their tickets and managed to increase the fatal crashes by 2,190 fatalities.... AND redirected over 10% of Federal Highway monies AWAY from states and away from repairing bridges and levies....AS an incentive to adopt their laws...bet FEMA loved this one!!! Plus the short/long term effects on those getting the tickets of lost jobs, homes, families, being higher CREDIT risks, higher RISK for AUTO, HEALTH, LIFE insurance. NOT spending that 2.17 Trillion dollars on Homes, NEW CARS, vacations, college educations, at Wal-mart, mom/pop corner stores or anything to support/help the economy of this nation... I'm sure the folks in Detroit would have liked to have a little of it, as would the mortgage folks and all the other business's that have had to close from not being supported financially. The higher un-employment rates mean anything? NOW where did that measly little 700.Billion go that broke our economies back and sent our nation into a tailspin? Ask NHTSA and MADD! If this trend is allowed to continue, where will we be in another ten years? I seriously doubt that there will even be cardboard boxes to call home... Just my opinion and actual facts.