All of us, at one time or another, have heard our parents’ lament over safe driving: wear your seat belt and obey the speed limit. Well, Mom and Dad, practice what you preach! Quality Planning, an auto insurance analytics firm based in California conducted a survey to examine various brands and models of cars to quantify which types received the most number of moving violations. Although, the study’s summary focused on the type of car, the interesting finding was that the majority of the drivers in each category were an average of 44 years and over. Even more amazing, on average, seven of the top 10 vehicles were more likely to be ticketed with a female driver behind the wheel with an average age of 53. It isn’t the young whippersnappers, but the parents getting pulled over.
The number one car most likely to get ticketed is the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertible. So, is it the type of car or the driver behind the wheel? According to Shaun de Jager the Founder of RoadAwareness.org, “it’s not what you drive but how you drive it.” But what about the model? Studies like this show that there are certain models of cars that are more likely to get tickets, but it has less to do with the make than the profile of the drivers who tend to drive these cars. Police officers don’t choose to enforce or investigate drivers based on the colour, class or make of their vehicles,” said Sgt. Tim Burrows of Toronto Police. “A driver’s behaviour is what determines if a police officer takes action in determining to stop a violator. In my own experience, nothing except what a driver was doing determined my choice in stopping the driver.”
Of course, this study was done in the US and with some car models that are not even available in Canada, but a search high and low did not turn up any comparable studies here.
The end result is speeding is speeding. A staggering statistic is 30% of BC traffic fatalities are vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. According to the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, if a driver hits a child going 30 km/hr, the child will have a 90% chance of surviving, if the car hits a child at 50 km/hr the child has and 80% chance of being killed.
Be forewarned if you choose to drive one of the top-ten most ticketed cars, examine your driver behavior, slow down and save a child.
Top Ten Vehicles likely to get a speeding ticket:
1. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2. Toyota Camry-Solara
3. Scion tC
4. Hummer H3
5. Scion xB
6. Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG
7. Acura Integra
8. Pontiac Grand Prix
9. Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG
10. Volkswagen Golf GTI