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02 December 2014 - 07:37 PM

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Cars That Get the Most Tickets

30 September 2014 - 08:11 PM

From Insurance.com, which analyzed online quote information submitted by 557,238 drivers January 2013 to July 2014. Ticket data calculated for models with 50 or more quotes. 526 models ranked.

1. Subaru WRX – 33.6%
2. Pontiac GTO – 32.7%
3. Scion FR-S – 32.6%
4. Toyota Supra – 30.8%
5. Subaru Tribeca – 29.7%
6. Volkswagen Rabbit – 29.6%
7. Mercury Topaz – 28.8%
8. Scion tC – 28.8%
9. Toyota FJ Cruiser – 28.4%
10. Mazda2 – 28.1%
11. Hyundai Veloster – 28.1%
12. Volkswagen GTI – 28.1%
13. Suzuki Reno – 28.1%
14. Scion xA – 27.8%
15. Pontiac G8 – 27.7%
16. MINI Cooper S Countryman – 27.5%
17. Mitsubishi 3000 GT – 27.4%
18. Saturn Aura – 27.1%
19. Infiniti QX56/QX80 – 27.1%
20. Toyota Prius C – 27.0%
445. Nissan GT-R -14.3%
518. Chevrolet Sportvan - 6.6%
519. Jaguar XJR - 6.6%
520. Chrysler Intrepid - 5.7%
521. Land Rover LR4 - 5.4%
522. Dodge Viper - 5.3%
523. Ford Club Wagon - 4.8%
524. DCX Sprinter - 3.8%
525. Ford Ecosport - 1.6%
526. Chevrolet Orlando LS - 0.0%

Side Notes
  • Ticketable offenses included speeding and other infractions, but also drunk driving, stretching back three years from the time of the submissions.
  • For all models, 19.9 percent of drivers reported having a traffic violation.
  • The most-ticketed brand by percent was Scion, 27.5% of Scion owners have reported traffic violations.

In Memoriam: Models Discontinued in 2013

02 January 2014 - 02:15 PM

Volkswagen Routan (2008-2013)
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Volvo C70 (1997-2013)
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Cadillac Escalade EXT / Chevrolet Avalanche (2002-2013)
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Nissan Altima Coupe (2008-2013)
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Volvo C30 (2006-2013)
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Toyota Matrix (2002-2013)
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Jeep Liberty (2001-2013)
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BMW 3 Series Coupe / Convertible / M3 (1985-2013)
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Maybach Full Line (2007-2013)
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation Full Line (1986-2013)
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2014: New Laws for California Motorists

01 January 2014 - 09:44 AM

Happy New Year! The following laws go into effect today in California, unless otherwise noted.

Bicycles: Passing Distance
AB 1371 (Bradford), known as the Three Feet for Safety Act, will require a motor vehicle driver passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction to pass with no less than 3 feet between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or driver. When three feet is not possible, the motor vehicle must slow to a reasonable and prudent speed and only pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist. Failing to do so can incur a fine, regardless of a collision or not. This law will take effect September 16, 2014.

Clean Air Vehicle Decals / “HOV Stickers”
AB 266 (Yee) and SB 286 (Blumenfield), together extend sunset dates for low emission, zero emission vehicles to operate in high occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) without meeting occupancy requirements to January 1, 2019.

Commercial Driver’s License
AB 1047 (Linder) will allow the DMV to conduct the commercial drive test for the holder of an out–of–state commercial learner’s permit. The department would electronically transfer the information to the motor vehicle department in the applicant’s state of residence. AB 1047 also modifies the license class definitions to require a driver operating a bus weighing more than 26,000 pounds to hold a commercial Class B license and a driver operating a bus weighing 26,000 pounds or less to hold a commercial Class C license.

DMV Vehicle Registration Pilot Program
SB 806 (Hueso) authorizes DMV to establish a pilot program to evaluate the use of alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards, subject to certain requirements. It will also enable the DMV to experiment with electronic license plates, as well as facilitate DMV’s ability to explore cost–effective alternatives to California’s traditional metal license plate, plastic–coated registration stickers, and paper registration cards.

Registration and Vehicle Transfers Between Family Members
AB 443 (Lowenthal) prohibits the transfer of ownership of a vehicle to a relative or a revocable living trust until all parking or toll–violation fines and penalties reported to the DMV are paid by the transferee.

Teen Drivers
SB 194 (Galgiani) will prohibit a person who is under 18 years of age from using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text–based communication while driving, even if it is equipped with a hands–free device.

Veterans License Plates
AB 244 (Bonilla) Requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to sponsor a veterans’ special interest license plate and requires the DMV to issue the veterans’ plate if CalVet meets the current statutory requirements. This law creates, in addition to the current Honoring Veterans design of the Veteran’s Organization Plate, a new program to reissue the Veteran design that was issued prior to January 1, 2010. These plates are available to all vehicle owners. The Department of Veterans Affairs must secure 7,500 pre–paid applications in order for the department to implement this plate program.

Irvine C&C: 12/28/13

27 December 2013 - 09:27 AM

Last one of the year.  Anyone headed in?