Have you ever been pulled over for speeding? What excuse did you give to try to get out of it? Whatever it was, you’re probably not alone. Recently, 1,000 drivers were surveyed to discover the most common speeding ticket excuses. Here’s what they found.
Top Speeding Ticket Excuses
According to a recent survey by CarInsurance.com, these are the most common excuses respondents gave for trying to avoid a speeding ticket.
- 32% claim they didn’t realize they were speeding.
- 20% say they are late for work.
- 20% tell police there is a medical emergency.
- 17% offer that they have to use the bathroom.
- 17% say they didn’t see a speed limit sign.
- 16% remark that they were going as fast as everyone else.
- 13% blame being late to pick up or drop off a child.
- 12% remarked that they were late for a doctor’s appointment.
- 10% said they were late for a court appointment.
Men Versus Women
When it comes to safe driving habits, it appears women reign supreme. The study found that 29% of drivers had never been pulled over for speeding, including 21% of male respondents and 37% of female drivers.
The most common excuse for speeding for both men and women was that they did not realize they were speeding. However, this excuse was successful in avoiding a ticket 39% of the time for women and just 27% for men.
According to the survey, 88% of drivers acknowledge exceeding the speed limit by as much as 15 mph, while 10% admit to driving 16 to 29 mph over the speed limit. Another 3% of people admit driving more than 30 mph over the limit.
Other speeding habits include:
- 36% said they speed, but it’s rare.
- 37% said they almost always speed but only between 5 and 10 mph over the limit.
- 56% said it’s OK to speed on the highway.
- 4% said they’re OK with speeding on residential streets.
So, what is the reason behind speeding? Drivers had various explanations: 48% said everyone else does it, 34% said to arrive on time, 20% said speed limits are generally too low and 18% claimed it’s safe to speed as long as it’s less than 20 mph above the speed limit.
Everyone hopes to just get a warning from the police rather than a ticket. If the survey is correct, asking for leniency often works. The survey revealed that 41% of drivers requested a warning didn’t offer an excuse and got the warning, while 27% of respondents still got a ticket after asking for a warning without giving an excuse. Women are less likely to request a warning: 84% of women have never asked for a warning, compared to 73% of men.
Speeding significantly increases the likeliness and severity of a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people, accounting for 26% of all traffic fatalities that year.
Not only is speeding dangerous, it will also hurt your wallet. You’ll have to pay the fine plus your car insurance costs will increase. CarInsurance.com recently found that auto insurance rates increase between 22% and 30% on average following a speeding ticket. This can result in hundreds of dollars of additional costs.
Searching for auto insurance? Find out what AAA Insurance can do for you.
Tell us your best speeding ticket excuse in the comments!