Top excuse by drivers pulled over: 'I couldn’t see the sign'

04/29/2013 10:23 AM

04/29/2013 11:38 AM

My GPS said it was the right thing to do.

That’s one of the most frequently used excuses by drivers when pulled over by a police officer, according to a survey released Monday by, an online consumer-oriented website.

The company said it surveyed about 500 licensed drivers age 18 and over in February and asked one basic question: What’s the one excuse you’ve used when stopped for a potential driving violation?

The most popular: I couldn’t see the sign telling me not to do it.

Number two: I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads, followed by, I didn’t know it was broken.

The rest of the top 10:

• Everyone else was doing it.

• I’m having an emergency situation in my car, such as a hot drink that just spilled in your lap.

• I missed my turn/exit.

• I didn’t do anything dangerous.

• I was on my way to an emergency.

• I’m just helping out; I wasn’t even supposed to be driving (but my friend is intoxicated).

One other survey snippet: Men are more likely to rationalize their driving behavior than women.

“In the end the excuses don’t matter,” said Michelle Megna, managing editor of “Your driving record doesn’t have asterisks and footnotes.”

Also, check out’s “Uh-Oh! Calculator,” which will tell you the average rate increases for 14 common traffic violations.


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