A new study by Verisk Analytics Incorporated has found that drivers of Mercedes-Benz SL-Class are more likely to find themselves on the receiving end of traffic citations than drivers of any other type of vehicle. According to the New Jersey-based provider of data and statistical information, those who regularly slip behind the wheel of the high-end Mercedes two-seater are 4.04 times as likely to be cited for some type of moving violation per-mile-driven as the average American motorist. Interestingly enough, the next most likely to spend time chatting with their local law enforcement personnel are operators of the Toyota Camry Solara and Scion tC, who qualified for frequent-violator status at 3.49 and 3.43 times the national average, respectively.
The study data, which is used to help establish rates by a number of major auto insurers, including State Farm, Allstate and Geico was compiled by Verisk's Quality Planning unit and covered a 12 month period that ended March 1st. Among the key findings were that carrying passengers, and particularly younger passengers in car seats, tends to impact how drivers behave. Among the subset listed as "Cautious Vehicles" by Quality Planning, eight of the top 10 were SUVs or minivans. Hatchbacks also showed a statistical tendency to be driven in a way that racked up fewer relative violations. At the top of the least likely to be cited list were drivers of the Buick Ranier, who received only 23 percent as many tickets as the average driver. Tied for second in that category was another SUV, the Mazda Tribute and the Chevrolet C/K 2500/3500 pickup, both of which were ticketed at a 26-percent rate.