Saturday, January 31, 2009

The bigger the car, the more the tickets?

No, not really. But apparently people who drive hummers get a lot more tickets than everyone else. Wired reports the story

Hummer Drivers Get More Tickets. A Lot More.

People who drive Hummers receive almost five times as many traffic tickets as the average driver, according to a new study.

Quality Planning Corp., which helps insurance companies identify risk, surveyed data from 1.7 million drivers and found the Hummer H2 and H3 are the most frequently ticketed vehicles on the road, surpassing even the 565-horsepower Mercedes CLK 63 AMG.

The press release from Quality Planning Corp includes a couple of quotes, both of which are included in the Wired article, which pretty much speculated that the cause was the mentality of people driving hummers, who tend to "feel like kings of the road because of their elevated driving positions".

Don't know if that's the reason, but it does sound plausible. Another one could be the simple fact that it's a more visible vehicle than most.

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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Gross generalization coming up: People who buy Hummers are aggressive bullies and would get tickets no matter they were driving.

Less snarkily, perhaps people feel menaced by Hummers (I know I do) and react in ways that draws cops' attention to the cause?

February 15, 2009 2:16 AM  

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