May 20, 2007

The First Speeding Ticket

The first speeding ticket issued in the United States was issued to a New York City cab driver, Jacob German, on May 20th, 1899. Mr. German was driving his electric vehicle at the "breakneck" pace of 12 mph on Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.

Photo Credit: Thomas Edison with his 1914 Detroit Electric Model 47, from Smithsonian Institution archives, Public Domain.
Jacob German's vehicle was probably not too dissimilar.

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