Speeding is by far the most common type of moving violation.
It’s the reason for 66 percent of moving violations; and speeding tickets are on the rise, according to a survey conducted this month by Princeton Survey Research Associates International for InsuranceQuotes.com. They’re up 4 percent from a similar survey two years ago.
Common reasons for traffic tickets received over the past five years are:
- Speeding: 66 percent
- Running a stop sign or red light: 14 percent
- Driving without a license: 11 percent
- Not wearing a seat belt: 9 percent
- Driving while using a mobile device: 6 percent
- Careless or reckless driving: 5 percent
- Passing another vehicle improperly: 4 percent
- Failure to stop for a pedestrian: 3 percent
- Driving under the influence: 2 percent
More women (69 percent) get speeding tickets than men (64 percent), and people ages 50 to 64 (70 percent) get more speeding tickets than any other age bracket.
The survey also found that most drivers who got a moving violation (78 percent) did not experience an insurance rate hike as a result. But even when that’s the case, it can be costly to fight or pay for a ticket.
So we’ve rounded up these tips to help you avoid the most common type of ticket.