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Driving to WV last weekend and flowing along in traffic at 75mph on a secondary road. I was in the mid pack of about 10 cars when the red lights of a trooper came up fast behind.
Guess what?
He pulled me over. When I asked (politely) Why me? he said "I wanted to see this car up close". He ran the plates and then we talked for a few and he cut me a break.
Sometimes standing out is not good.
 

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I intentionaly did not choose red to avoid pullovers, but it turns out that I've been rearended three times at dawn because small silver cars don't stand out. :(
 

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I got a ticket in my Insight the day after I bought it way back in 2000, when I was living in Kansas. I was paying attention to the Instantaneous Fuel Mileage (watching the bar go back and forth as I was tooling down the road) instead of watching my speedometer. I suspect that cop wrote me a ticket at the time because he thought I was in some hot little new sports car, not a fuel miser, because normally in Topeka they didn't write you a ticket unless you were going at least 15mph over the limit, and that day I was only 10 over. 2 more tickets in the Insight since that time, but those more likely due to my lead foot than a cop wanting to get a close look at my rad ride!
 

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I read a stat years ago that said white autos were pulled over the most often. The reason? There are more white cars then any other color. I then started to wonder about this and quized some of my cop friends. They all said color had nothing to do with why they would stop someone.

There is a similar stat about beer. Similar in that the answer is so simple. In which month is the least amount of beer sold in the USA? Feb, it's the shortest month :p
 
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I read a stat years ago that said white autos were pulled over the most often. The reason? There are more white cars then any other color. I then started to wonder about this and quized some of my cop friends. They all said color had nothing to do with why they would stop someone.

There is a similar stat about beer. Similar in that the answer is so simple. In which month is the least amount of beer sold in the USA? Feb, it's the shortest month :p
It seems, around here anyway, that silver is the most common color for cars.

I'm sure vehicle color is not a conscious factor in the decision to stop someone, but I would not be surprised if it does play a role on some subconscious level. I've always heard that red cars are more likely to get pulled over, because they look sporty, agressive and fast. Makes sence to me.
 

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Also, many insurance companies charge more for a car painted red or black than the same car in any other color. Red is definitely more visible than most other colors, maybe save a bright yellow, and drawing attention to one's self is not the desired thing to do when busting speed limits. On the other hand, a black car would likely be more difficult to see at night, therefore making it more likely that someone would hit the car. I don't really know, I'm just surmising.
 

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Hambone - you are not far off. I remember seeing a survey by the AA that advised that yellow cars were least likely to have an accident while black cars were the most likely. All due to visibility.
 

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I have joked that my silver Insight is like the Bond car in Die Another Day. Both have gadgets, both are silver, and both seem invisible to others. :roll:
 
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