• Jan 20th 2009 at 12:56PM
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Click above to view gallery of the Most Ticketed Vehicles

I had a yellow Chevrolet Corvette Z06 last summer. When I took it by my parents house, my dad warned me not to break the speed limit because sports cars were a big red flag for law enforcement. His logic made complete sense, but it turns out that sports cars aren't necessarily the the most likely vehicles to get tickets. That honor goes to the HUMMER H2 and H3. ISO Quality and Planning, which does studies for insurance companies, found that HUMMER drivers are four times more likely to get a ticket than the average driver. Nobody has any concrete reason for why this is, but some guesses include a misplaced sense of power or an inability to notice road signs and hazards due to an elevated driving position. Of course, it could also be that due to the brand's subconscious negative baggage, police officers are more likely to give HUMMER drivers a ticket than a warning.

Other vehicles that are more likely to be involved in a road violation include the Scion tC, xA, and xB. Those vehicles often find themselves being driven by younger drivers who typically get more tickets anyway. Surprising, though, is the fact that the Toyota Solara and Subaru Outback also made the list. Not exactly barn burners, there. Interestingly, eight out of the 10 least ticketed vehicles come from General Motors, while six of the 10 most ticketed vehicles come from Toyota. View the galleries below to see the entire lists of the most and least ticketed vehicles from the Quality and Planning study. Thanks for the tip, Droids1!

  • HUMMER H2, H3
  • Scion tC
  • Scion xB
  • Mercedes CLK63AMG
  • Toyota Solara Coupe
  • Mercedes CLS63AMG
  • Scion xA
  • Subaru Outback
  • Audi A4
  • Toyota Matrix

Jaguar XJ
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet C/K 2500/3500 pickup
  • Buick Park Avenue
  • Mazda6
  • Buick Ranier
  • Oldsmobile Silhouette
  • Buick Lucerne
  • GMC Sierra C1500

[Source: Newsday]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      While we're on the topic of oversized vehicles for undersized men (and tendency for said undersized men to get more speeding tickets in their oversized vehicles), how about assessing speeding fines based on vehicle weight? There are different penalties for illegally carrying a handgun vs. illegally carrying an RPG. The Hummer driver doing 90 in a 60 zone presents a far greater danger to the public than someone doing the same speed in a MINI Cooper. While both are breaking the law and deserve a fine, the Hummer driver should be accountable for his/her choice of a 6400 lb. mall runner based on the far greater danger they pose to those around them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How exactly do you legally carry a functional RPG?
      • 6 Years Ago
      With Mercs and my A4 on the list, I'm surprised there are no Beamers being the ultimate driving machine and all.

      Funny how the boats make up most of the least ticketed list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hope the greenies don't hear about this or they might find another argument to attack the Hummer brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, the reasoning behind the Scion tickets should mean that Toyota can worry less about the brand reaching its targeted demographic...i think
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since Hummer owners are by definition morons, I'm not surprised they get a lot of tickets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drive an H2 because it's so ugly it's cute, and I can pull my boat and go anywhere I want to. I recently got pulled over for driving with my wheels off the roadway (on the freeway) no kidding! That's what the cop wrote the ticket for! I have been driving for more than 20 years and have a perfect record, until this. The cop accused me of trying to kill him-he was parked on the side of the freeway. When he asked for my license and registration he made the comment "I'm sure you have insurance if you can afford to drive a Hummer."
      Total harassment because of my car. He did record the incident and I am challenging him in court.

      P.S. I have had Prius' cross 5 lanes of traffic on I-5 to cut me off and slam on their brakes-so who's really the overcompensating self absorbed jerk?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      generation x drivers can't drive worth a damn anyway and the closer you get to a coast, the worse the drivers...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not surprised that the Scions made the list since they're driven by kids who don't know how to drive yet. Same thing applies to the Matrix to a slightly lesser extent. The only Toyota that kind of mystifies me on that list is the Solara...do people actually drive it like a sports car? Or is it that retirees who drive them are losing their vision?

      Either way, as far the Hummer goes, it's probably just that the drivers tend to be d-bags who think their Hummer is some unstoppable SUV that has to go 110 in a 55, I've lost count of the times I've seen d-bags in full-size SUVs go 30 over the flow of traffic for no reason (3 out of 4 times I'll later pass these SUVs because they've been pulled over).

      The AMGs and even the A4 are understandable as well-the AMGs are obscenely fast cars and drivers of A4's think they're fast cars. Which really just leaves the Outback as the completely inexplicable car on the list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree I was stopped by an off duty cop driving his police cruiser. He wasn't even technically working but felt the need to harrass me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was talking to a tow tuck driver that works with the Lakewood, Co police we were talking about the speed traps when cops pull over cars for what ever reason most of the time its to see if these big expensive cars have insurance. I'm guessing cops pull over more people in Hummers because they are more expensive to insure
      • 6 Years Ago
      buy american...think of your country...imported cars take badly needed jobs and the money goes over seas.while toyota and others have plants here they remain a drain on america.do something for america and buy from our remaining car makers.only a very selfish person would buy a import..they suck
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think all four wheel drivers are morons. A semi can't stop on a dime, we have the right of way if on the highway and you are entering and Don't speed up when we are finally passing you because you slowed down. Oh, and just because a semi is found at fault for the accident doesn't mean we are at fault. Four wheelers need to learn how to drive.
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