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Summer destinations

July 31, 2012
The Daily News

It's summer and time for the annual get-away.

Vacations are nothing new.

President Thomas Jefferson was famous for packing up the family to visit Monticello, his plantation in Albemarle County, Va., for the summer.

Most working Americans joined in by the 1800s, and it has been documented that Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone drove up in Model T Fords from the Detroit area to visit Ford's nephew, Edward G. Kingsford.

They camped out at Cowboy Lake.

Today, surveys say most popular summer destinations include Orlando (Disney World); Honolulu (Hawaii); Anaheim, Calif., (Disneyland); Las Vegas; New York; San Francisco; Phoenix and Seattle.

The car or truck is still the most popular way to travel, by a wide margin. Here's how we'll get to our vacation destination.

-Automobiles: 88 percent

-Airplane: 7 percent

-Miscellaneous (bus, train, cruise ship): 5 percent.

It's no surprise that the best way to ruin a vacation is the infamous speed trap. Avoiding these municipal nightmares is tricky.

States don't track traffic ticket data for all of their jurisdictions. And most municipalities don't really want to make public ticket-happy officers fear of being labeled speed traps.

The National Motorists Association, however, a motorists' rights group, has updated its traffic ticket rankings to give travelers some insight into which areas are most likely to ticket them.

After crunching the numbers, the NMA found that Nevada is the state most likely to issue you a traffic ticket, followed by Georgia and Alabama.

In 2010 Florida took the top spot and Georgia and Nevada tied for second place.

Michigan and Wisconsin rank in the middle of the pack. Wisconsin tied for 28th with Connecticut, and Michigan ranked 30th of states most likely to get a ticket.

The top 10 metro areas to ticket drivers are:

1) Atlanta

2) Los Angeles

3) Dallas-Fort Worth

4) Miami

5) New York

6) Chicago

7) District of Columbia

8) Houston

9) Orlando

10) San Diego

The best ways to avoid tickets are watch your speed, wear your seat belts and obey the traffic laws.

Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.



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