Attorney Ben Schwartz answers a viewer question, “Do red cars get more speeding tickets?”
Hi, I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz,
Today we are going to answer a question from David in Kent County, Delaware. David wrote-in and he says that he’s 16 years old. He is about to get his first car and his father told him that he should not get a red car because red cars get more tickets. Is that true? David, the answer is yes, red cars get more speeding tickets than any other car on the road. You might want to stay away from getting a red car if you’re thinking that you might end up getting a bunch of tickets for speeding.
But on the other hand, I have to tell you something and that is that there is another way to look at this. You might want to get a red car because one of the things that happen when you are driving a car is you find out that there is a lot of bad motorists on the roadways. This isn’t just limited to Delaware – this is Pennsylvania to New Jersey, Maryland, everywhere that I’ve ever been. There are some incredibly bad drivers who are really not paying very close attention to what they are doing. So if you think about it, the reason why red cars tend to get more speeding tickets is that they are more noticeable and it draws police officer’s attention to that red car rather than a white car, black car, blue car. If it’s bright red it brings more attention to you.
If you are trying to avoid automobile accidents, maybe you want to bring more attention to you. Think about the reason why people that are riding motorcycles want to have straight pipes and want to be as loud as they can. It is because they want other motorists to notice them and not cut them off – not come over on them, not do things, not cause accidents caused by their inattention to what’s going on around them. So having a red car might make you more noticeable. It might result in more speeding tickets, but you could cure that by not speeding.
The benefit of having a red car would be that you are more noticeable to other drivers on the road and maybe that will prevent you from getting in an accident caused by another driver’s lack of attention. I would say you might want to have this conversation with your dad. You could go back and show him this video or tell him Ben Schwartz said maybe I should get a red car. Maybe you should do things to become as noticeable as possible on the roadway. You can go back & tell your dad I said, actually, I think you should get a red car. I think you should get the ground effects. I think you should do everything to make that car as noticeable as possible. Slap bumper stickers all over it, do whatever you have to do, but the more attention you draw to that automobile the less likely it is that someone’s going to run into you.
I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz – always trying to keep the safety perspective here. If you have questions for me that I can answer in video format like this, please feel free to send me an e-mail below. Thanks for watching!