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Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Cactus Has the Pricks on the Outside

By Keith R. Schmitz

Many of us have had our suspicions about Hummer owners As for me Hummer almost ruined The Who playing "happy Jack" over their commercial showing a kid stealing this and that to build a kiddie Hummer and then running off the track to win the soapbox race.

But now this:
People who drive Hummers receive almost five times as many traffic tickets as the average driver, according to a new study.

The study found those who drive the leviathans get 4.63 times as many tickets as the average driver, something the researchers attribute to the feeling of invincibility that comes from driving a rolling bank vault.

The study suggests such an attitude is unique to Hummer drivers and doesn't apply to everyone in an SUV, because the the Hummer was followed by the diminutive Scion tC and xB. People behind the wheel of those cars were 4.6 and 4.03 times, respectively, as likely to get tickets than the average driver. The researchers attributed that to the fact the average Scion driver is in his or her early 20s. Other vehicles on the top-10 list included the Toyota Solara and Subaru Outback.

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