Beware of Wisconsin traffic cops.
Wisconsin traffic cops have given Illinoisans yet another reason to stay out of the land of cheese.
While driving north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border Illinois drivers were ticketed when stopped for speeding 60 percent of the time instead of receiving a warning. Wisconsin drivers, on the other hand, received tickets only 40 percent of the time.
Home field advantage? At least a few Illini drivers think so.
of Aurora, Ill., told the Sentinel she was nabbed by the cops in August for going 11 miles over the speed limit.
Graf acknowledged she was a bit heavy on the gas pedal but said all the other drivers around her were speeding too. She thinks cops might have been keen on stopping someone with Land of Lincoln plates.
"I wasn't going 11 miles over the speed limit all by myself," she said.
Cops say they’re not showing favoritism.
To their credit, the cops are ticketing Illinois drivers more often because we speed more often.
The study found that at least 20 percent of Illinois drivers who were ticked were driving at least 21 mph over the speed limit, compared with 8 percent for Wisconsin drivers.
The real lesson here may be to slow down while driving, but we just plan on avoiding Wisconsin until Summerfest rolls around again next year.
Published at 6:29 AM CDT on Aug 3, 2009