We all despise that tiny, terrible envelope tucked under our car’s wiper blade. But under former Libertarian presidential candidate Steve Kerbel’s Stop the Shakedowns proposal—currently gathering signatures for inclusion on Colorado’s 2018 ballot—city governments would no longer collect traffic fees. Instead, Coloradans would donate their fine to the charity of their choice. That might take some of the sting out of a $50 speeding ticket. Knowing what it costs elsewhere? Maybe, maybe not.

Here’s a breakdown of other cities’ and states’ maddening (or gladdening) ticket fees.


Colorado Springs: $10—$190
Pueblo: $50—$125
Fees depend on infraction severity; price ranges are for non–school zone and non–construction zone infractions, which are usually doubled.

Running a Red Light

Denver: $135
Montrose: $110
Pueblo: $100
Aspen: $100

Following Too Closely

Jefferson County: $110
Denver: $165

Driving Without A Seat Belt

Phoenix: $10
Casper, Wyoming: $35
Salt Lake City: $45
Denver: $95

Texting While Driving

Utah: $100
Colorado: $300 (Only applies to texters driving in a “careless and imprudent manner”)
Arizona: $0 (There is no statewide ban on texting while driving in Arizona, but new drivers under 18 can be fined $75 if they commit the offense within their first six months.)
New Mexico: $25

Reckless Driving (First Offense)

Colorado: Up to $300
Kansas: Up to $500
Nebraska: Up to $500
Wyoming: Up to $750

Parking At An Expired Meter

Montrose: $10
Boulder: $15
Colorado Springs: $20
Aspen: $30

Not behind the wheel? You can still get hit with a ticket.
Riding a bike on a sidewalk (Colorado Springs): $50
Using a vehicle as a residence (Boulder): 
Throwing snowballs at cars, people, or buildings (Aspen):