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11 excuses cops have already heard

Mon, 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. 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