/ 10.24.2017

When Are You Most Likely to Get Pulled Over for a Traffic Violation?

Last year, the most expensive speeding ticket in North Carolina totaled approximately $1,000. No one wants to have to pay this out of pocket for something as minor as not monitoring his or her speedometer. When you’re on the road, how likely are you to be noticed by local police or the highway patrol and get pulled over for driving above the speed limit? Besides checking your speed, what other factors could reduce your chances of earning a ticket?   

Models matter

You’ve probably heard the myth that it’s sports cars that get pulled over the most, but in reality, drivers of those cars don’t necessarily garner more speeding tickets than their peers. In a recent study conducted in part by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the U.S. Highway Patrol, there were a few models that stuck out in the polls, and apparently on the radars of the local police. These included the Mercedes-Benz SL, Toyota Camry Solara, and the Scion tC. Each of those three types in particular were between 300 and 400 percent more likely to be noticed and ticketed when being driven over the speed limit than any other model in the study.

Home is where the… ticket is?  

Believe it or not, there are some states that averaged more driving citations than the rest, and by a significant enough margin to gain the notice of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Snopes, and other organizations involved in gathering national statistics. In 2016, the top five were Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, California, and Texas.

Eye-catching color

As for color choices for your vehicle, the same study revealed that red cars overall came in second place as far as which tones appeared most noticeable to a waiting highway patrolman. The most ostentatious hue according to this report? White. Third and fourth places were awarded to gray and silver vehicles respectively.

While we hope your tickets are few and far between, Wentz Law is always here to help should you find yourself saddled with a driving citation. Contact us for assistance, and we’ll help you get your traffic violations get sorted accordingly.

 

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