Subaru WRX tops list of vehicles with most speeding tickets (again)

2020 was a weird year for driving

Another edition of insane speeding tickets we wrote this week: 123 mph in a 65 at 435/Wornall 79 in a 35 on Independence Ave. 76 in a 45 on Chouteau Bridge 133 in a 55 on I29/Waukomis 86 in a 55 on 71 Hwy/31st St. Again, this is why you'll still see us enforcing speed limits— kcpolice (@kcpolice) April 10, 2020

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Most of the year was spent in various forms of lockdown throughout the country. This led to a lot of empty streets and gave the opportunity to put the pedal to the metal on roads that would normally be full of traffic. According to U.S. News, this “spawned a spike in speeding and other types of reckless driving.”

LA had to alter its traffic signals and pedestrian signals to account for cars speeding around. New York City issued 24,765 speeding tickets from automated speed cameras on March 27 alone. That was almost double the amount issued on the same day in February, despite there being a lot fewer cars on the road.

Dodge did a great job of speeding through 2020

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In fifth place, the Dodge Dart came in with 15.45% of owners receiving tickets. Seventh place was the Dodge Challenger with 15.09%. Eighth place was the Dodge Ram 2500 with 14.79%, followed by the Dodge Charger in ninth place with 14.71%. Where are all of these Dodge drivers going in such a rush?

Dodge has been working on improving the performance aspect of the current lineup, which is evident here. You might not peg the Dart or the Ram 2500 as speeding machines, but clearly, they are.

It is interesting to note how many affordable brands are listed here as opposed to luxury options. Obviously, affordable brands are available to much wider audiences. A Ferrari is no longer needed to get into trouble. Just hop into your Dart!

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Other Contributing Factors

When delving into the statistics on who gets pulled over most often, some factors might increase your chances. For example, in a study done in Minnesota, men received at least 50% more speeding tickets than women. Plus, it’s not just gender that can contribute to your chances of getting pulled over. Your age has something to do with it as well.

The same Minnesota study found that while drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 are only 13% of the state’s population, they received 33% of the speeding tickets. Once again, it’s not that police are picking out men and young drivers. It’s that men and young drivers tend to drive faster.

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It’s an impressive showing for Subaru in the list from auto insurance provider Insurify. The WRX tops the list with 18.8 per cent of drivers having a speeding ticket; while its sibling BRZ comes in at number five, with 16.21 per cent; and the Impreza sits in ninth with 14.81 percent. The U.S. national average is 9.59 per cent.

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Insurify collects the research through more than four million insurance applications, spanning 393 vehicle models. Customers looking for insurance quotes or services input their driving history, including their vehicle make and model, as part of standard applications.

It should come as no surprise that half of the vehicles on the list are sports cars, while the biggest outlier comes in at number seven, with the GMC C1500 showing 15.31 per cent of its drivers netting a speeding infraction.

What drives someone to speed on the road?

Speeding is a type of aggressive driving behavior, the NHTSA says on its website. Several factors have contributed to an overall rise in aggressive driving, including traffic congestion.

"Traffic congestion is one of the most frequently mentioned contributing factors to aggressive driving, such as speeding," the agency says. "Drivers may respond by using aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding, changing lanes frequently, or becoming angry at anyone who they believe impedes their progress."

Other factors include a driver "running late" to work, school, or some type of appointment, or the idea of anonymity. 

"A motor vehicle insulates the driver from the world. Shielded from the outside environment, a driver can develop a sense of detachment, as if an observer of their surroundings, rather than a participant," the NHTSA explains. "This can lead to some people feeling less constrained in their behavior when they cannot be seen by others and/or when it is unlikely that they will ever again see those who witness their behavior."

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