“Why’d You Pull Me Over, Officer? I Didn’t Do Anything,”

Cops who pull drivers over for traffic violations have heard every excuse imaginable—and some that probably aren’t. men and women give excusesIn most cases, the driver pleads ignorance (I didn’t know, I didn’t see it, who, me?), but the kind of claimed ignorance depends on whether the driver is a man or a woman, according to Insurance.com’s latest “Ticketmaster” survey of 500 drivers.

Men tended to come up with stereotypically male excuses, such as “I was just helping a friend,” or “the GPS was broken.” Women also stuck with stereotypes, such as, “I’m lost” or “I had to go to the bathroom.” Here’s a breakdown of the top 11 excuses, along with the male/female breakdown.

I couldn’t see the sign telling me not to do it: 20.4%
Men: 38%
Women: 62%

I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads: 15.6%
Men: 35%
Women: 65%

I didn’t know it was broken (as in headlight or taillight):12.4%
Men: 39%
Women: 61%

Everyone else was doing the same thing: 6.4%
Men: 56%
Women: 44%

I’m having an emergency situation in my car (spilled hot drink in lap): 5.4%
Men: 67%
Women: 33%

I missed my turn/exit: 4.8%
Men: 54%
Women: 46%

I had to go to the bathroom: 4.6%
Men: 35%
Women: 65%

I didn’t do anything dangerous: 4.2%
Men: 71%
Women: 29%

I was on my way to an emergency: 4%
Men: 55%
Women: 45%

My GPS said it was the right thing to do: 2.2%
Men: 82%
Women: 18%

I’m just helping out; I wasn’t even supposed to be driving:2%
Men: 90%
Women: 10%

Armin Brott

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Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, mrdad.com. You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.
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