Drivers feign poor vision to police officers most often to escape tickets

Michael James

Car websites compile creative lists — best used car buys to most expensive sports cars and most family friendly cars to best cars for pets.

Arguably the most creative list compiled in recent memory is the list compiled about driving habits, specifically the excuses given when drivers get tickets.

The website Insurance.com earlier this year polled 500 licensed drivers age 18 older and older and their approach to negotiating with a police officer after being stopped for a violation.

The most common excuse given by motorists was the inability to see the sign that  prohibited their just committed infraction. In fact, more than 100 respondents claimed poor vision.


According to the survey results, more than two-thirds of the respondents who said they couldn’t see a sign were women. Men, the survey results revealed, argue an extenuating circumstance or deny they made a mistake.

Here are the results of Insurance.com survey:

1. I couldn’t see the sign telling me not to do it: 20.4% (38%/62% men/women)

2. I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads: 15.6% (35%/65% men/women)

3. I didn’t know it was broken: 12.4% (39%/61% men/women)

4. Everyone else was doing it: 6.4% (56%/44% men/women)

5. I’m having an emergency situation in my car (for instance, spilled a hot drink on your lap): 5.4% (67%/33% men/women)

6. I missed my turn/exit: 4.8% (54%/46% men/women)

7. I had to go to the bathroom: 4.6% (35%/65% men/women)

8. I didn’t do anything dangerous: 4.2% (71%/29% men/women)

9. I was on my way to an emergency (for example, to help someone who is ill or injured): 4.0% (55%/45% men/women)

10. My GPS said it was the right thing to do: 2.2% (82%/18% men/women)

Article Last Updated: August 7, 2013.

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