11 excuses cops have already heardMon, 29 Apr 2013
"Everyone else was doing it," and "I had to go to the bathroom" extend beyond excuses used in a kindergarten classroom -- they actually top the most common excuses drivers use to get out of a ticket.
Insurance.com surveyed 500 licensed drivers age 18 and over in February 2013 to find this list of top excuses we use when getting pulled over.
20.4 percent of drivers have tried: I couldn't see the sign telling me not to do it.
15.6 percent: I'm lost and unfamiliar with the roads.
12.4 percent: I didn't know it was broken.
6.4 percent: Everyone else was doing it.
5.4 percent: I'm having an emergency situation in my car. For instance, spilling a hot drink on your lap.
4.8 percent: I missed my turn/exit.
4.6 percent: I had to go to the bathroom.
4.2 percent: I didn't do anything dangerous.
4 percent: I was on my way to an emergency. For example, to help someone who is ill or injured.
2.2 percent: My GPS said it was the right thing to do.
2 percent: I'm just helping out. I wasn't even supposed to be driving. Often used when filling in behind the wheel for a friend who is intoxicated, or otherwise indisposed.
By Angie Fisher