We all know that certain demographics are more liable to get a ticket than others. But what is the reasoning behind all of that? Is there an actual science to it, or is it just completely unfair?
We took a closer look at the likelihood of getting a traffic ticket by age and gender - and some of the results surprised us.
Tickets by gender
According to an infographic by esurance, which polled more than 850 in the United States, men are 13 percent more likely to receive a traffic ticket than women.
This data shows itself in other similar studies. A 2009 study from the Bureau of Economics called “Gender Bias in the Enforcement of Traffic Laws: Evidence based on a new empirical test” found that 63.4% of all traffic tickets in the U.S. were issued to males in 2005.
Furthermore that same study found that, “In 2005, 10.8 percent of all male drivers but only 6.8 percent of female drivers were stopped by police, and after being stopped males were more likely to be ticketed.”
It seems like with traffic tickets, men get the short end of the stick. But why?
We may find the answer when looking at how insurance companies think about insurance rates across various demographics. According to Bob Hunter, director of insurance at the Consumer Federation of America, “young men are less cautious, riskier, more distracted drivers.”
Tickets by age
We all know that younger folks tend to have higher insurance rates, but why, exactly?
According to the esurance study, people ages 25-34 are more likely to use their phones while driving, which means that they’re definitely more liable to get tickets for such behaviors.
Overall, though, it all comes back to amount of experience on the road.
“Younger people cause more accidents than older people — unless they’re married,” says Mike Barry from the Insurance Information Institute.
He’s not wrong. In 2002, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted an updated study on the driving age public's attitudes and behaviors about speeding and unsafe (or aggressive) driving in 1997. Here are some of the most interesting results from the study:
- At least eight of ten younger drivers report speeding at least monthly on each road type.
- Males are 50 percent more likely than females to drive over the posted speed limit.
- Drivers under age 21 are much more likely than older drivers to engage in aggressive driving, with 29 percent saying they cut in front of other drivers, 24 percent making obscene or angry gestures towards other motorists, and 17 percent using the shoulder to pass in heavy traffic.
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