You might say that May 20, 1899 was a bad day for Jacob German. The New York City cab driver was issued a speeding ticket. In fact, it was the first traffic ticket issued in he United States. German was cited for driving down Lexington Avenue at a whopping 12 MPH (the speed limit at the time was 8 MPH).

The average fine for driving over the speed limit in the US is around $150. Ouch! Yet before you wince at that number, keep in mind that the fines for speeding in places like Germany or Finland can get especially pricey, since they’re largely based on the income level of the offender; in 2003 Finnish businessman Jussi Salonoja paid the princely sum of $250,000 for going 80 KPH  in a 40 KPH zone.

Our advice? Speed safely. In other words, stick with us if you’d like to move quickly; every ad we get appears on within 30 minutes of us receiving it. And a large number of advertised items are sold via online advertising, sometimes before the ads even make it into print!