Every year, about 41 million speeding tickets are issued, among millions of other types of traffic tickets. Indeed, the worst part about getting any sort of ticket is the hefty fine that often comes with it. Every single day, about 112,000 people are slapped with an average fine of about a $150 for speeding. The National Highway Traffic Security Administration estimates the collective cost of speeding and related accidents to be around $40.4 billion each year, making the whole situation part of a substantial industry.
Most people begrudgingly pay their fines, or go through the process of taking a ticket to court, but one man in Texas had had enough.
Brett Sanders received a ticket in Frisco, Texas — for driving nine miles over the speed limit. He contested the charge in court but lost and was charged $220.
Outraged, Sanders paid the fine with 22,000 pennies. He used five-gallon bucks to bring the money to the Municipal Court, and proceeded to dump the coins on the counter.
“I didn’t hurt anybody. I didn’t endanger anybody’s life,” he said. “When my fine came due, I just decided I may as well pay with pennies and we’ll make a big spectacle of it.”
The video of his act, which he had recorded, has gone viral, to say the least. It’s been viewed more than 1 million times. It took the city staff more than three hours to count all the coins.
While Sanders might not be the best source for tips for traffic court, his boldness does call into question the system of traffic ticketing and the fines associated with them. Fighting a traffic ticket can be hard, and often fruitless, which is why many people choose to hire a traffic lawyer to help them navigate the legal intricacies of the process. A traffic ticket lawyer is very experienced in figuring out how best to approach a ticket, give great advice on taking a ticket to court and get you out of a fine.
Of course, maybe if we all takes Sanders’ approach, the government might abolish speeding fines in general.