Maryland State Trooper Mark Dillon operates laser gun speed trap near Annapolis, Md., on Interstate 97 in this 1997 file photo
(Photo: Tim Dillon, USA TODAY)
The next time a cop pulls you over for questionable driving, don't be surprised if the officer's eyes roll when you bring out an excuse. They've heard them all.
But which one is more prevalent? To find out, Insurance.com surveyed 500 drivers, asking them which excuse they are most likely to use to try to worm their way out of a traffic ticket.
Overall, the list looks like the same litany that has been around for years -- but one stands out to us: Blame a dangerous turn or unsafe lane change or other bad driving decision on the navigation system. Pointing the accusing finger at the GPS is only No. 10, but we expect it will climb up the list as the years ago on.
It gives this list a nice digital twist: Let the electronic buddy take the fall.
Here are the results of Insurance.com's survey:
1. I couldn't see the sign telling me not to do it: 20.5%.
2. I'm lost and unfamiliar with the roads: 15.6%.
3. I didn't know it was broken: 12.4%.
4. Everyone else was doing it: 6.4%.
5. I'm having an emergency situation in my car. (For instance, spilled a hot drink on your lap.): 5.4%.
6. I missed my turn/exit: 4.8%.
7. I had to go to the bathroom: 4.6%.
8. I didn't do anything dangerous: 4.2%.
9. I was on my way to an emergency. (For example, to help someone who is ill or injured.): 4%.
10. My GPS said it was the right thing to do: 2.2%.
11. I'm just helping out; I wasn't even supposed to be driving. (For example, your friend is intoxicated.): 2%.