As long as there have been cars, there have been those drivers who push the limits followed closely by dedicated law officers who try to keep us all safe.
But admit it, when you pass a fellow driver pulled over with police lights flashing, don't you wonder, "What did he do?" or just think, "Glad it's not me"? Some drivers might even press the gas a bit more thinking the odds are in their favor.
But is there more to the citation than just the vehicle speed. Was the police officer drawn to take a second look because of the car itself? According to a new Insurance.com study, there are some cars that, for whatever reason, seem to accrue the most tickets for their drivers.
What is the reason? Is it the drivers? The horsepower? The body design or available colors? It seems it is a hodge-podge of all those things mixed together. Even so, there are some clear winners here - cars that far and away get more tickets than the rest.
And the winner is ....
I don't know if we should be offering congratulations to the folks at Subaru, but their WRX model takes "most-likely ticketed" honors in the United States.
Just behind the WRX, we find the Pontiac GTO (which is already out of production), the Scion FR-S, the Toyota Supra, and get this, another Subaru - this time, the Tribeca.
If you're like me, you're wondering where is Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini ... You know, the Supercars. Well, there is a correlation between speed and cost. The more expensive autos are purchased more often by older buyers with enough spare cash. They drive slower.
There may be no better example of this non-correlation of power to ticket ratio than the presence of a weakly-powered, eco-friendly hybrid on the list. They tend to be operated by more environmentally conscious, younger, less-experienced drivers. Save the trees, swerve around pedestrians?
Insurance.com's study looked at 528 different car models and the submissions of more than a half-million car owners looking for insurance from January 2013 and 2014. So, how did the top 20 most likely to be ticketed cars list round out?
America's 20 most ticketed car models (and percentage of owners who've reported citations):
1. Subaru WRX – 33.6%
2. Pontiac GTO – 32.7%
3. Scion FR-S – 32.6%
4. Toyota Supra – 30.8%
5. Subaru Tribeca – 29.7%
6. Volkswagen Rabbit – 29.6%
7. Mercury Topaz – 28.8%
8. Scion tC – 28.8%
9. Toyota FJ Cruiser – 28.4%
10. Mazda2 – 28.1%
11. Hyundai Veloster – 28.1%
12. Volkswagen GTI – 28.1%
13. Suzuki Reno – 28.1%
14. Scion xA – 27.8%
15. Pontiac G8 – 27.7%
16. MINI Cooper S Countryman – 27.5%
17. Mitsubishi 3000 GT – 27.4%
18. Saturn Aura – 27.1%
19. Infiniti QX56/QX80 – 27.1%
20. Toyota Prius C – 27.0%
I guess this list has kind of left me a little surprised. I mean who didn't think there would at least be a Corvette or Porsche on it somewhere? More than the omission of either of those brands was the bizarre inclusion of the Suzuki Reno at #13. I mean, what IS a Suzuki Reno, anyway? No offense to you speedy Reno folks, I've just never even heard of one.
Please leave your comments below as I always love to read your feedback. If you need me, I'll be Googling "Suzuki Reno." Don't worry, though. There's no way I am test driving one of those now. Can you imagine getting pulled over in a Reno with the sales guy sitting next to you? According to this list, it's probably already happened a few times.