That speedy new car might look cool, but there’s a good possibility you’ll earn yourself a ticket with it. According to a recent report, these are the most ticketed cars in the US.
For the sake of our speculation, we first have to narrow down what specific “traffic citation” could be the most dependent on a car. The popular car comparison site Edmunds.com polled police agencies and independent traffic experts to create this list of the most likely reasons for being pulled over. Those top five? Speeding, illegal cell phone use, hazardous driving, equipment violations, tailgating and improper lane changes.
With the exception of equipment violations, the other four reasons could all be classified as “risky driving behaviors.” One possible hypothesis is that drivers choose a car they believe is capable of letting them exercise their already-established dangerous behavior.
The missing link could be “rally racing,” a relatively new type of racing that combines drifting and quick turns on off road courses –– a setting that, unlike a race track, can be mimicked by an average citizen. In this video the Subaru WRX is actually presented as an ideal rally vehicle.
We’ve covered reports in the past, but it has been awhile and it’s time for an update. The report, conducted by Insurance.com, is comprised of data from around 557,000 people, the citations included anything from traffic violations to drunken driving. Here are the top ten (percentage is how many owners received violations out of total owners):
- Subaru WRX – 33.6%
- Pontiac GTO – 32.7%
- Scion FR-S – 32.6%
- Toyota Supra– 30.8%
- Subaru Tribeca – 29.7%
- Volkswagen Rabbit – 29.6%
- Mercury Topaz – 28.8%
- Scion tC – 28.8%
- Toyota FJ Cruiser – 28.4%
- Mazda Mazda2 – 28.1%
It’s important to note that cars don’t get issued tickets, drivers do. That being said, certain models seem to attract more attention, and, more importantly, certain types of drivers. Buying a certain type of car will not guarantee that you will get more tickets, but you may want to do more research on the subject. Sometimes having more power under the hood—or cruising in something flashy—can make it easier to go faster than you should.