Marco Rubio and Jeanette Rubio on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida.
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June 5, 2015 1:00 PM EDT

Sen. Marco Rubio is the quintessential “young man in a hurry”—running for president after just one term in the U.S. Senate.

But it appears that the Florida Republican and his wife may literally be in a hurry. According to an investigation by the New York Times, the Rubios have been cited with 17 traffic infractions over the last several years and attended remedial driving school on four different occasions.

Marco Rubio seems to be the more careful driver of the two. His wife, Jeannette, is responsible for 13 of the 17 infractions. Jeanette Rubio seems to have a penchant for speeding and is reluctant to complete the traffic school courses, so the couple has paid over $1000 in traffic fines since 1997.

After Rubio was elected to the Senate, he enlisted lawyer and donor Alex Hanna to help make some of the traffic violations go away, the Times reports. Hanna helped clear Marco Rubio of two of his infractions and Jeanette Rubio of seven.

Still, some have defended the two on social media, arguing that Miami traffic is pretty bad.


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