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America's most ticketed cars

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In a study released recently, , a firm that compiles risk data for use in calculating automobile insurance, put together a list of the cars that are most likely to be pulled over and ticketed on American roads. As it turns out, QPC’s findings indicate that the personality of the driver has more to do with the frequency of being ticketed than the car itself. QPC suggests that people driving cars to express their individuality will be ticketed more than drivers who have selected a vehicle simply t
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The car that you drive probably won't get you pulled over by the cops, even if it's red. It's they way you drive it. But certain drivers may be attracted to the cars that get stopped the most.

In a study released this week, online insurance information provider Insurance.com put together a list of the cars that had been pulled over in the past three years.

"It's not about horsepower," Managing Editor Des Toups said. "The Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper and Nissan GT-R rank well below average for tickets even though they can easily double the highest speed limits. But those cars are also costly, so their buyers tend to be older and take fewer risks."

To compile its list, Insurance.com looked at data from 526 models and analyzed online quote information submitted by 557,238 drivers from Jan. 1, 2013, to July 2014. They included any driver who had some kind of traffic violation in the last three years.

So, what are the most ticketed cars in the U.S.? The answers may surprise you!

—By CNBC staff
Posted Oct. 1, 2014

10. Mazda Mazda2

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What is now called the Mazda Demio was once the Mazda2, but it appears a lot of people are still driving around in the old versions, and 28.1 percent of those drivers have some kind of ticket on their records in the last three years.

9. Toyota FJ Cruiser

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This discontinued SUV still has a few fans—and 28.4 percent of them have been accused of breaking a traffic law.

8. Scion tC

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Scion is the most ticketed brand overall on Insurance.com's longer top 20 list, and 28.8 percent of Scion tC drivers have received tickets.

7. Mercury Topaz

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Despite the fact that this car has long been discontinued, 28.8 percent of Mercury Topaz driver have had some kind of driving violation on their records.

6. Volkswagen Rabbit

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What became the Volkswagen Golf was once called the Rabbit, but 29.6 percent of those driving the original Rabbit are still hopping into police traps.

5. Subaru Tribeca

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Subaru is another well represented brand on this list, and 29.7 percent of those who drive the Tribeca SUV have relatively recent driving violations on their records.

4. Toyota Supra

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Another defunct model that seems to still attract risk-takers and speed demons, 30.8 percent of Supra drivers have some kind of blemish on their recent records.

3. Scion FR-S

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Rounding out the bottom of the top three, 32.6 percent of Scion FR-S drivers have tickets.

2. Pontiac GTO

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The fact that the entire Pontiac brand has vanished does not stop people from loving the mythic muscle car, and breaking laws in it—32.7 percent of GTO drivers have gotten nailed by police.

1. Subaru WRX

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The compact and fast WRX tops out the list—33.6 percent of it's drivers have some kind of driving violation in their recent histories.

"Cars don't get tickets, drivers do – but those drivers like the WRX," Toups said.

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