Speeding is one of the main factors behind deadly car crashes. In 2016, speeding killed 10,111 people, accounting for 27 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. Not only does speeding endanger the life of the person driving, but also people sharing the road. Pair a lead-footed driver with bad weather or an unlit stretch of road and the result could be a serious accident.
Every city has its share of hasty drivers. But what city has the highest rate of speed-demon drivers? We used over a million data points on speeding tickets across the country to find out.
How does your city rank? From faster to slower, these are the top 25 fastest driving cities in the US:
- Wichita, KS
- Omaha, NE
- Boise, ID
- Portland, OR
- Richmond, VA
- Columbia, SC
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Minneapolis, MN
- Charleston, SC
- Virginia Beach, VA
- Greenville, SC
- Charlotte, NC
- Durham, NC
- Columbus, OH
- Kansas City, MO
- Bay Area, CA
- Riverside, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Greensboro, NC
- Fresno, CA
- Cleveland, OH
- Sacramento, CA
- Bakersfield, CA
- Austin, TX
- Denver, CO
America’s Fastest Drivers: The Five Fastest Cities
Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, and it’s also home to the fastest drivers in the country. Known as the City of Air, Wichita drivers may be confusing their jeeps with speeding jets.
According to the Wichita Police Department, the city saw 37,531 moving citations in 2017. That number decreased from the previous year. In Wichita, it will cost you $76.50 for going one mph over the speed limit, and the fine just increases from there. Plus, the police department is cracking down on speeders even more, with a new traffic bureau and a returning motorcycle patrol.
As if earning the title of second-fastest driving city wasn’t enough, Omaha drivers can now drive faster on Interstates 80, 680, and 480. If you decide to ignore the speed limit in this city, your fine could cost you anywhere from $10 to $300. Although hasty driving may seem like a good idea at the time, it's probably not worth the $300 price tag – or endangering the lives of yourself and other drivers.
What’s got Omaha drivers going so fast? Are they trying to rush home before getting cited for a worse driving violation? After all, Omaha earned the top spot as the worst drivers in our 2018 study. It’s no surprise that the nation’s worst drivers are a bit leadfooted.
Third place goes to Boise. Why do Boise residents rush? Maybe drivers are in a hurry to reach the stunning mountains, hiking trails, and rivers that surround the city.
In 2017, the Boise Police Department issued 9,879 hazardous moving violations. A speeding ticket will cost you more than just the original fine. In Idaho, it will cost you points on your driver's license, which can lead to a suspended license and a spike in your car insurance rates. Boise has a population of just over 700,000, and major highways like the I-84 running through the city.
The Rose City is Oregon’s largest city. It’s known for bikes, eco-friendliness, and the popular slogan, “Keep Portland Weird.” When Portland residents aren’t commuting via the bike lane, our data shows that they like to speed through town. And Oregon is one of the only states where drivers don’t pump their own gas. Do those Oregon gas attendants put something special in the tank that makes Portland cars extra fast? Or are residents just trying to beat the MAX home? We don’t know, but one things for sure: Portlanders like speeding.
In 2016, the Portland Police Bureau’s traffic division issued 17,206 citations. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, unsafe speeds are a factor in about half of deadly crashes in Portland. The city is focusing on implementing the Vision Zero Action Plan, which takes action on speeding with street design and safety cameras.
Is that infamous rushed East Coast state of mind seeping into Virginia’s capital? Perhaps. Richmond is home to over 220,000 residents and, apparently, some of the fastest drivers in the country.
In 2016, the Richmond Police Department deployed an initiative called 60 Blitz Speed, which targeted unsafe driving along the route 60 corridor. The department enacted speed management campaigns throughout the year. The city saw 21,985 traffic stops in 2016. So, if you’re thinking of ignoring the posted speed in Richmond, keep in mind that the RPD cracks down on hasty drivers.
How did we identify the country’s fastest driving cities? QuoteWizard analyzed self-reported data from our users on driving infractions, which includes speeding tickets. These rankings are based on over one million data points on speeding infractions from 2017. Cities ranked ‘speediest’ have the highest rate of speeding tickets per driver.
How Speeding Affects Your Car Insurance Rates
There are several factors that go into the price of your auto insurance policy. One of these factors is if you have speeding citations on your record.
If you live in a city with faster drivers like Wichita, Omaha, or Boise, you may be tempted to match their pace. Beware: a speeding ticket will hurt your wallet in more ways than just the original fine. That’s right – a speeding ticket can and will raise your insurance rates. If you have a bad driving record, you’ll face higher insurance rates. The best way to keep your premiums low is by shopping around and comparing car insurance quotes from different companies.