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What Are The Most Ticketed Cars On The Road?

Posted in AMG, Audi, Car Buying, Cars, driving, General, Hummer, Legal, Mercedes Benz, Newsworthy, Police, Scion, Subaru, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | September 27th, 2010 | 8 Responses |

ISO Quality Planning, whose research helps insurance companies estimate risk (and therefore determine how expensive your premiums are) has compiled a list of the most and least ticketed vehicles on U.S. roads. We are, of course, talking about speeding tickets here, the kind that come with points on your drivers license and increases to your insurance rates. Like herpes, they’re the gift that keeps on giving.

Hummer H2/H3, ticketed 4.63x more often than average

Hummer H2

Lots of vertical surfaces to bounce laser or radar off of.

Scion tC, ticketed 4.6x more often than average

Scion tC

Since most tC drivers are young, think there's some profiling here?

Scion XB, ticketed 4.03x more often than average

Scion XB

Young drivers, lots of vertical surface = high ticket rate.

Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG, ticketed 3.97x more often than average

Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG

At least CLK AMG drivers can afford the tickets.

Toyota Solara Coupe, ticketed 3.06x more often than average

Toyota Solara

Solara owners speed? None that I've ever seen.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, ticketed 2.76x more often than average

Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG

Another ticket? Who cares, that's what lawyers are for.

Scion XA, ticketed 2.75x more often than average

Scion XA

Here's that profiling thing again.

Subaru Outback, ticketed 2.66x more often than average

Subaru Outback

You're supposed to drive them where there aren't any speed traps.

Audi A4, ticketed 2.64x more often than average

Audi A4

Explaining the car's racing heritage won't get you out of a ticket.

Toyota Matrix, ticketed 2,64x more often than average

Should have bought a Pontic Vibe; they didn't make the list.

Lifehacker quotes Raj Bhat, president of ISO Quality Planning, on his explanation of why Hummers topped the list:

“The sense of power that Hummer drivers derive from their vehicle may be directly correlated with the number of violations they incur, or perhaps Hummer drivers, by virtue of their driving position, are less likely to notice road hazards, signs, pedestrians and other drivers.”

It’s therefore a safe assumption that Mr. Bhat doesn’t drive a Hummer himself. In fact, I’d be willing to bet he drives a Jaguar XJ sedan, coincidentally the least ticketed car on the list. As you’d expect, nothing with entertainment value made the least ticketed list, proving once again that you have to pay to play.

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8 Responses

  1. Taylor says:

    Okay, so if everything on the above liest is ticketed x-amount more than average what is the average??

  2. Kurt says:

    Taylor, I didn’t see any stats in the ISO Quality Planning report that indicated what “average” was. I’d look at it this way: if you drive any of the vehicles on the list, you may want to invest in a good radar detector.

  3. Corey says:

    Hey now – I drive a Mazda6, which is holding down, coincidentally, 6th place on the Lifehacker list.

  4. Kurt says:

    Corey, the good news is you’re only ticketed half as often as a Hummer H2 driver…

  5. Corey says:

    Granted, I have the turbo/AWD Mazda6, so my ability to exceed the speed limit is greater, but in my 2 years of ownership I’ve gotten 0 tickets.

    That old Grand Prix however…

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  8. Young Punk says:

    Scions being ticketed more has nothing to do with profiling. Most of their drivers REALLY ARE BAD! If you pay attention to the Scions you see on the road, you’ll see!