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Always thought this was a myth, but 30min into a overnight test drive of a red cayman, i got pulled over for being 10mph over the limit. Have not been pulled over in atleast 10years and wasn't driving any different to how I normally do in my silver SUV. Live in a city where the police don't focus on traffic offenses, but clearly the red focused their attention .
That myth has been confirmed.
 

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Always thought this was a myth, but 30min into a overnight test drive of a red cayman, i got pulled over for being 10mph over the limit. Have not been pulled over in atleast 10years and wasn't driving any different to how I normally do in my silver SUV. Live in a city where the police don't focus on traffic offenses, but clearly the red focused their attention .
That myth has been confirmed.
I think that's probably more to do with the fact that a sports car in general tends to focus they're attention rather than the colour (anything bright won't help though). In saying that I drove my Guards Red 981 for nigh on five years without getting pulled. On certain roads such as our motorways (where you're most likely to get a ticket) I make a real point of never exceeding what the majority are doing. Although it's not really that hard in the U.K as pretty much everyone is above the limit anyway (The British see a 70 mph hour sign & interpret it to mean you can safely get away with a little over 80 mph, or 85mph with a quick dab on the brakes at the first sign of Police). I hope you got away with nothing more than a word about your future behaviour & no ticket. ;)
 

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Red definitely stands out a bit more but I really doubt that myth haha. They used to say red cars make you pay more insurance as well because it was a "race" color
 

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IDK, I had a red 997 turbo and never got a ticket. Drove my daughter's stupid blue Prius and got nailed for 12 over. Maybe the cop hated "snowflakes".
 

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I have no idea what attracts police attention. I was once trailed for 15 minutes because I accelerated a bit rapidly in a grey car--even though I never exceeded the speed limit.

I remember seeing a major study that showed that red cars were often driven harder and had the most accidents of any colour on a percentage basis. Yellow was the safest colour.

Fortunately I like yellow cars and my Boxster is Racing Yellow.

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There have been many different studies & one of the latest in 2013 showed "WHITE" to be the safest & that "BLACK" cars were 47% more likely to be involved in accident than other colours. "BLACK" was actually found to be 12% more likely to be in an accident than "WHITE" during daylight & at night or when light is starting to fail then it's pretty obvious why they have so many more accidents. Another study came to the conclusion that a particular shade of yellow was the best & that shade was "LIME YELLOW", however it was closely followed by "WHITE" which is more acceptable to most. Personally I think Lime Yellow might look good on a sports car (until you see it, it's kind of hard to tell). I saw the "Lime Green" car pictured below in the flesh a while back & I've got to be honest, as in your face as that was, I rather liked it. Also, if anyone fails to see that on the road then they seriously need their eyes tested.
 

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Two other things I meant to mention. Sorry to hear about your fine Capeli & I really must start proof reading my posts a little more before the edit time runs out, so that I don't leave stupid mistakes like "they're" instead of "their" in place.
 

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I love the yellow to look at, not sure about the lime yellow though. Given the number of yellow cars on the road I'm not sure that the sample size is big enough to come to the conclusion that yellow is the safest color. I might need to pull out my old statistics text book here.?
 

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My wife was pulled over in our White Panamera GTS for going 33 in a 25mph zone. It was 5:30am and there was hardly another car on the street. The officer told my wife that he would cut her a break and only write her up for 30 in a 25. Interestingly, the Officer was actually the Police Chief in our town and he told my wife that her car was very nice but certainly "stood out." The ticket was $150 but no points.
 

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Ha, you think red is bad, yellow is worse IMHO. About 10 years ago I got pulled over on I40 in NC for doing 70 in a 70 zone in my yellow R170. That's not a typo. Some little black econobox exiting I95 onto I40 at about 85 woke up the dozing super trooper that was hull-down at the on-ramp. By the time he turned off his iPad porn and got on the road, of course the econobox was long gone, so it had to be the sports car that woke him up.

He wasn't interested in hearing about some other car, but he did smile & say " a lawyer could take care of it for me" after giving me a ticket for 88 MPH, amounting to reckless driving.

Sure enough, the "laywer" comment was true as apparently that's a thing in NC. Paid them under $250 and they got it down to equipment & no
points. What a racket.

I like yellow & that's the color car I drive. I always have driven the speed limit and will continue to do so. Hopefully though I'm through paying the Yellow Car Tax for a while.
 

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Hmmm, I don't think that yellow really attracts corruption.

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Not so much corruption; more like a "road tax" for having a fast, noticeable car (of any color).

Example: I got stopped driving my 991 Turbo S at 60 mph on a curvy, empty stretch of a highway in NJ (RT 23) that was marked 35 mph. I didn't want the points, so I went to traffic court and was permitted to plead down to zero points but my fine was doubled to $500. I was OK with this since I didn't want any points on my license for insurance purposes.

Little did I know that in NJ there are two different types of points - one affects your license, the other are "insurance points". So, after paying the $500 fine and having no points on my driving license, I find out that the insurance company still considers me as having these "insurance points" and raised my premium.

So the municipality where I got the ticket got the extra revenue, and my insurance company got to charge me around $500/yr more for the following 3 years.

Corruption? - I guess not because it's legal; I see it as an extra tax for driving a sports car.
 

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"So the municipality where I got the ticket got the extra revenue, and my insurance company got to charge me around $500/yr more for the following 3 years".

$500 a year more???? I know that was an exceptionally fast car, but how much does insurance cost in the U.S? I've always been surprised just how little insurance for a Porsche costs in the U.K. I've never paid more than £406.00 ($523) for any of the 3 I've owned. For my 718S Boxster it actually came in as the cheapest bill ever. Fully comprehensive with uninsured loss recovery, legal protection & protected no claims bonus came in at £346.00 ($446). Repairs only carried out in a Porsche approved body shop & with genuine Porsche parts & also includes a loan/hire Porsche for the entire period the car is away being repaired. It actually costs a little less than insuring my wife's BMW 2 series coupe which is half the value & nowhere near the performance. It's a little bizarre that we pay more for the BMW but I'm not complaining, because I thought that was pretty reasonable anyway.
 

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"... how much does insurance cost in the U.S?
Insurance in the U.S. is dependent on where you live, and in densely populated New Jersey, it's about as high as you can find. My Boxster costs about $1500/yr to insure; the 991 Turbo S, about $2700/year. And that's for an old guy with a "clean" license. I always wonder how much these young kids driving GTR's pay.

But much worse are property taxes in New Jersey; I pay about $12,000/year for our townhouse.

The streets in America are paved in gold, but only the ones that lead to Washington. ;)
 

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Insurance in the U.S. is dependent on where you live, and in densely populated New Jersey, it's about as high as you can find. My Boxster costs about $1500/yr to insure; the 991 Turbo S, about $2700/year. And that's for an old guy with a "clean" license. I always wonder how much these young kids driving GTR's pay.

But much worse are property taxes in New Jersey; I pay about $12,000/year for our townhouse.

The streets in America are paved in gold, but only the ones that lead to Washington. ;)[/QUOTE

I know mine's cheap even for the U.K, but wow, yours is outrageously expensive. I suspect something like a GTR would cost me considerably more though. It only seems to be with Porsche's that I get such low quotes. Maybe it's because Porsche owners get perceived as being a little more sensible than your average Scooby, Evo, GTR driver, who knows?
 

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Not so much corruption; more like a "road tax" for having a fast, noticeable car (of any color).

Example: I got stopped driving my 991 Turbo S at 60 mph on a curvy, empty stretch of a highway in NJ (RT 23) that was marked 35 mph. I didn't want the points, so I went to traffic court and was permitted to plead down to zero points but my fine was doubled to $500. I was OK with this since I didn't want any points on my license for insurance purposes.

Little did I know that in NJ there are two different types of points - one affects your license, the other are "insurance points". So, after paying the $500 fine and having no points on my driving license, I find out that the insurance company still considers me as having these "insurance points" and raised my premium.

So the municipality where I got the ticket got the extra revenue, and my insurance company got to charge me around $500/yr more for the following 3 years.

Corruption? - I guess not because it's legal; I see it as an extra tax for driving a sports car.
Amen brother!!! This is exactly the impression my wife got from the Officer/Chief--"this is what you get for driving a noticeable car." We live in an area where it is hard to fly under the radar period let along with any kind of "sports car/Porsche." I too take car how I drive and when I decide to push that pedal on the far right.;)
 
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