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Tickets: Most likely to

Before heading out to wherever for doings on the 4th, you might want to consider your relative risk.

Of getting a traffic ticket, that is.

The National Motorists Association (which isn’t a fan of lower speed limits) has crunched some numbers and come up with a list. Within the Northwest, you’re most likely to get a ticket in Washington (which ranks 17th among the 50 states), and least likely in Idaho (which ranks 44th). Oregon falls into the less-likely camp, at number 41.

Top ranking – better watch out when traveling there – is Florida, with Nevada and Georgia tied for second place. Least likely place to get ticketed? Montana.

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