Older Lexus vehicle is the most ticketed car of 2016

According to a survey of over 323,000 drivers conducted by Insurance.com, 33 percent of a drivers of a certain Lexus vehicle received tickets between January 1, 2014 and February 1, 2016.
According to a survey of over 323,000 drivers conducted by Insurance.com, 33 percent of a drivers of a certain Lexus vehicle received tickets between January 1, 2014 and February 1, 2016. –George Rizer for The Boston Globe

Older vehicles are more likely to get ticketed, according to a study from Insurance.com.

Drivers of the Lexus ES 300, which went out of production in 2003, face the greatest likelihood of getting a ticket, the company says. The report found 33 percent of Lexus ES 300 drivers received a ticket for a moving violation, including speeding or failing to use a signal.

After the ES 300, the Nissan 350Z and the Dodge Charger SE/SXT received the second and third highest rate of tickets.

At the other end of the scale, Insurance.com found luxury and economy vehicles were less likely to get ticketed. For example, the Buick Encore received the fewest tickets with just 3 percent of Encore drivers getting ticketed.

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The Lexus IS 350, Acura ILX, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Express, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Savana, Audi A3 2-series, BMW 320i and Land Rover Range Rover were all relatively unlikely to get ticketed.

Jacqueline Leppla, senior director of web content for Quinn Street Insurance, which owns and publishes data on Insurance.com, said consumers should not blame the vehicles for the offenses.

“It’s the drivers, not vehicles, that attract tickets,’’ said Leppla. “We’re not trying to say a certain vehicle is the reason for the tickets. But drivers who are likely to get tickets are more likely to be attracted to certain vehicles.’’

While the report did not specify any information about the drivers of these vehicles, Leppla noted that the Lexus ES 300 knocked last year’s most ticketed vehicle, the Subaru WRX, down several spots this year.

“The thing that is interesting is some drivers are more aggressive and are attracted to certain vehicles,’’ she said.

Another possible explanation is that some of the older cars may have been passed down from a parent to a younger driver who is less experienced behind the wheel and therefore more likely to get ticketed.

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Insurance.com, based in Foster City, California, looked at quote information submitted by 323,349 drivers between January 1, 2014 and February 1, 2016. Over 331 vehicle models were reviewed, but analysts only considered models that received 250 quotes or more.

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