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WRX Warriors Rejoice as Pocket Rocket No Longer Most Ticketed

Lexus ES 300 ascends to the top of the ticket throne.

by on Feb.18, 2016

The Lexus ES 300 has taken the crown of "most ticketed vehicle" from the Subaru WRX.

Subaru WRX owners know a few things for certain once they slide behind the wheel of their all-wheel drive pocket rockets: they’ll enjoy great handling, a powerful engine and get more traffic tickets than all of their non-WRX-driving friends.

Until now.

By the Numbers!

There’s a new king of the civil infraction hill! The Lexus ES 300. (more…)

Getting a Ticket Doesn’t Mean Higher Insurance Rates

Just 19 percent of violators saw premiums rise.

by on Apr.16, 2015

Depending upon the infraction, your auto insurance premiums may not rise.

Conventional wisdom is taking another beating as a new study indicates that getting a ticket actually doesn’t boost a driver’s insurance rates.

Only 19% of Americans who received a traffic ticket in the past five years are paying more for car insurance as a result, according to a report from released today. This is a decrease from 2013 when 31% of Americans who received a recent traffic ticket saw an increase in their car insurance premium.

We Have a Deal for You!

While fewer folks are seeing insurance rates rise, there are some violations that will cause a significant leap in what you pay. The website found that offenses such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident almost always result in higher premiums – as much as 92% higher. (more…)

Two-Thirds of US Drivers Break the Law Behind the Wheel

A fifth do it on a daily basis.

by on Sep.03, 2014

One in five drivers breaks traffic laws on a regular basis with speeding being the most common infraction.

It might seem like just a minor infraction, nudging the speedometer a few miles an hour over the limit. Or maybe you’ve hit the gas, instead of the brake, when the stoplight was about to turn red.

The reality is that the overwhelming majority of American motorists routinely break the law while driving, about one in five doing so on a daily basis, according to a new survey. Two out of three motorists admit they’ve broken the law at one time or another.

Safety News!

No surprise, perhaps, speeding is the most commonly broken law, but a significant number of those who participated in the survey by also admitted driving under the influence of alcohol. (more…)

Simple Ticket Can Double Insurance Rates

Even minor infractions can result in major hikes.

by on Mar.27, 2014

A simple speeding ticket can raise insurance rates as much as 30% annually.

If you think that speeding ticket you got for going “just five over” isn’t going to have an impact on your insurance premiums, think again. Drivers ticketed for a “minor” speeding violation, such as 1 to 15 mph over, pay an average of 21% more for car insurance.

A report from shows that drivers who commit major infractions, such as driving under the influence (DUI), see a major hike in their premiums, minor transgressions can raise rates for as long as three years.

Automotive Insight!

According to Mike Barry, spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Information Institute, the study shows how insurers use various driving infractions to assess different levels of risk for individual drivers. (more…)

Are American Drivers Really Speed Demons?

New study says we talk fast but stay close to the speed limits.

by on Jan.21, 2010

Some of the nation's fastest and slowest roads.

Americans like to talk a fast game, but while we may like to believe we’re always pushing the limits, a new study suggests most drivers stick closer to the speed laws than we might think.

While motorists do run up average speeds over the posted limits in a few states, most stay under the limit, according to data collected though the Speed Profiles database compiled by TeleAtlas, the mapping unit of portable navigation manufacturer TomTom.  The report analyzed historical records gathered anonymously, over the last two years, from millions of GPS systems in use on U.S. roadways.

The tattletale systems reveal that the fastest stretch of highway in the U.S. is I-15, running through Utah and Nevada.  The average speed is 77.67 mph, but in some unpopulated stretches, the speed limit actually is set at 80.

A Fast Ticket!

On a regional basis, the fastest part of the country isn’t out in the open West but, rather, in the American heartland.  TomTom reveals that 7 of the fastest 15 states are Mississippi, Kansas, Iowa, Iaho, Alabama and Missouri, where speeds average just over 67 mph.  The big surprise?  The typical speed limit in those states is 70.


Smile For the (Speed) Camera!

Radar camera maker nabbed by his own gear.

by on May.08, 2009

So-called "safety cameras" have become the bane of British speeders, including the man whose company builds the devices.  He was clocked at 103 mph.

So-called "safety cameras" have become the bane of British speeders, including the man whose company builds the devices. He was clocked at 103 mph.

Some folks wind up being hoisted on their own petard.  In Tom Riall’s case, he’s been nailed by his own camera.

The 49-year-old Riall is  chief executive of the home affairs division for the British company Serco, and one of their best-known, if most-reviled, products is the radar-triggered camera that’s been used to catch countless U.K. traffic offenders as they push past the local speed limits.

Now, the list of scofflaws, it turns out, includes Riall, who was snapped doing just short of 103 mph in his blue Volvo wagon on the A14 Motorway, near Suffolk, about an hour outside London.

Ironically, it was the third time the balding executive was captured playing fast and loose with the speed laws, which are being more and more heavily monitored in the U.K. after years of lax enforcement.  Cameras made by companies like Serco have made it easy to catch speeders, though many drivers are aware of where the fixed monitors are positioned and know when to slow down.    (more…)