paulflexes saidI'm too lazy to Google to see if anyone has done this research, but I hypothesize that people with fewer speeding tickets have a higher accident rate.
Anyone feel like taking me up on the challenge to find the true results?
Sorry, Paul, but it looks like your hypothesis is not correct. There is a positive correlation between speeding tickets and higher accidents. The more speeding tickets one incurs, the higher the chance of him/her getting into an accident.http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Speeding+Tickets+Indicate+Higher+Crash+Risk+-+Franklin+County
DID YOU KNOW???
A public service of the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board and this newspaper
SPEEDING TICKETS INDICATE HIGHER CRASH RISK
Have you had a speeding ticket in the last three years? Has your spouse, or perhaps your children? If the answer is yes, take note. A DRIVER’S RISK OF CRASHES INCREASES IN DIRECT PROPORTION TO THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE DRIVER HAS BEEN CITED FOR SPEED VIOLATIONS IN THE PAST. This has been found in Canada and Australia as well as the United States.
From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) comes this information. In a study in California, drivers with no speed citations on their records during a three-year period had an average of 135 police-reported crashes per 1000 drivers during the subsequent three years. Among drivers with one speed citation, the average crash rate was almost 50 % higher, and among drivers with two or more speed citations, the crash rate more than doubled compared with drivers with no tickets for speed law violations.
Using this data, the IIHS developed a statistical model that predicted a 30 % increase in crash likelihood for each additional speed citation after adjusting for driver demographics (age, gender, and licensing status).
Previous studies have shown that Californians with traffic law violations (all kinds, not just speeding) or crashes on their driving records have a much higher subsequent crash rate than drivers with clean driving records. The IIHS reports similar findings from a British Columbia study of the records of nearly 3.5 million Canadian drivers.
These statistics are from California and British Columbia, you say, and are not realistic for this area. Perhaps the crash rates may be different, but the likelihood of increased risk of subsequent crashes for drivers with speeding violations would hold true for our area or anywhere for that matter.
So, if you have received a speeding citation, or had a crash in the past three years, take it as a warning that your driving habits are not as good as they should be, and if you don’t change them soon, your risk of a crash in the near future is significantly higher than drivers with clean records.
One other thing! If you have been cited for speeding and had it reduced, or even stopped for a speed violation but not ticketed, consider this a warning that you just may NOT be the good driver you think you are.
Know the law, and please drive safely.