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Have You Ever Gotten Pulled Over For A Traffic Violation And Said Why Me?

Have you ever gotten pulled over for a traffic violation? While the officer is writing out the ticket do you wonder why me? I was going the flow of traffic so if I was speeding then everyone is speeding. So again why me? Why did the officer pull me over? Was it the kind of car I drive? Was it the color of my car? Was it because I am young? I am sure all of us have been pulled over once in our life and perhaps thought about those exact things and said why me!

I was reading an article the other day that may answer a few of those questions.

Quality Planning, an auto insurance analytics firm, examined a year’s worth of traffic-citation data to rank cars that are most and least likely to be cited for traffic violations. I found the information very interesting. I wasn’t surprised that three different Mercedes-Benz Models made the top 10. I believe that the combination of people who have a Mercedes-Benz drive faster than most and also that police officers target expensive cars puts them on the list. The same is true about a Hummer. I was surprised that the Scion made the list with two models and SHOCKED to read that females had a higher percentage of tickets than males in 7 out of 10 categories. Here is more data:

Violation-prone vehicles

Make

Model

Body style

Violations per 100,000 miles driven, expressed as a percentage of average

Average age of cited driver

% cited drivers who are male

Mercedes-Benz

SL-class

Convertible

404%

53

41%

Toyota

Camry Solara

Coupe

349%

50

39%

Scion

tC

Coupe

343%

30

39%

Hummer

H2/H3

SUV

292%

46

73%

Scion

xB

Hatchback

270%

37

40%

Mercedes-Benz

CLS-63 AMG

Sedan

264%

46

58%

Acura

Integra

Coupe

185%

33

60%

Pontiac

Grand Prix

Sedan

182%

40

41%

Mercedes-Benz

CLK-63 AMG

Sedan

179%

47

44%

Volkswagen

GTI

Hatchback

178%

40

44%

  • What do you think of the data?
     
  • Do you happen to drive one of the cars on this list?
     
  • Do you think that certain cars or colors are targeted more than others?
     
  • Do you have a funny traffic violation story that you would like to share?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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