If you plan to speed, it also pays to be a middle-aged male. For years I have been observing who the police pull over for speeding and who they don’t. A police officer (usually male) has lots of choices for who to ticket for speeding. If he is heterosexual, and stops a heterosexual male, he has no chance of getting sex, and a non-zero chance of getting killed. If he stops a female, he has some chance of being offered sex (or at least some flirting) to get out of the ticket, and not much risk of violence. Cops are rational and make the correct economic decision most of the time. Where I live, about 80% of all motorists who are stopped for speeding are women, and it has been that way since I can remember.Now, I don’t know if it’s really true that 80% of motorists stopped for speeding are women. But now that I think about it, just about everyone I know who has told me about getting pulled over has been a woman. And about half the time, the officer has let them go. That was the fact that jumped out at me – and struck me as a mild injustice. Now, however, I’m wondering about the net effect. If women are pulled over more often, but those pulled get ticketed less often, I wonder which gender actually gets more tickets?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Posted by Glen Whitman at 4:05 PM
I hadn’t thought of this: