Caught Speeding: These Cars Are the Top Ticket Magnets

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Oct 06, 2014

I’m always amused by the hope-springs-eternal motorists who think they can avoid a speeding ticket with a bumper medal from the police-supporting 100 Club. How about a prominent Police Athletic League sticker?

Forget the efforts at solidarity: The car you drive is what matters. has performed a public service by looking at the data from 557,000 drivers and finding which car models are the most ticketed. It might be assumed that the cars most numerous on the road—Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords, for instance—would be the biggest magnets, but the survey is done as a percentage of owners of each model reporting moving violations.

Most car models average at 20 percent of owners getting ticketed. So which models draw a higher percentage of scofflaws?

Here they are, in descending order:

Subaru WRX: 33.6 percent of owners have violations. 

Styled for the Fast and the Furious, this one makes sense. Drivers go fast, this makes cops furious. (Subaru Photo)Pontiac GTO: 32.7 percent of owners have violations.

We're betting police are also hoping to bust this Australian-built vehicle on charges of impersonating an American muscle car. (Pontiac photo)Scion FR-S: 32.6 percent of owners have violations.

Who knows... maybe the cops are mistaking this sporty hatchback for a Porsche? (Scion photo)Toyota Supra: 30.8 percent of owners have violations.  

The Supra hasn't been for sale in the US since 2002, but it's still apparently racking up the tickets. (Toyota photo)Subaru Tribeca: 29.7 percent of owners have violations. 

I just don’t get this one at all. The name may suggest racy Manhattan speedster, but the actual car is a midsized family SUV that would look good to Clark Griswold of National Lampoon’s Vacation. Anyone out there have a theory as to why the Tribeca is racking up tickets? (Subaru photo)And what's the biggest scofflaw brand?

Believe it or not, the mild-mannered Scion.

The 20-car list is definitely not what you’d expect, as it features family cars like the Subaru Tribeca (29.7 percent), Mercury Topaz (28.8 percent) and Volkswagen Rabbit (29.6 percent). The Corvettes, Ferraris and Teslas you might think would be on this list are nowhere to be seen. That’s not hard to understand, because a) the older drivers who can afford them either don’t speed or have radar detectors to avoid being caught; and b) supercars don’t get driven all that much. And, hey, you can't get a ticket if your $100,000 ride is under wraps at your vacation home in Vail, right?

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