Top Tips for Avoiding Speeding Tickets
by Stephen M. Hague
Most drivers have had the pleasure of being pulled over and receiving a ticket for speeding at least once in their
You start to get that sinking feeling as soon as you see the flashing lights and hear the siren. You keep your eyes
on the rear view mirror hoping that he's not coming after you, but as you move over to let him pass, he tactfully
follows right behind you. Finally, as you sit in the breakdown lane or over to the side of the road you begin to think
Here are some of what I believe to be effective deterrents to getting that red or yellow piece of paper.
1. Be Nice! - This should be an obvious one, but surprisingly few drivers follow this simple advice. Treating the
officer with respect by answering yes sir or no sir and apologizing when he tells you the infraction is always step
2. Where could They Be? - If you've driven the road previously, you've most likely seen where the traffic cops
hang out to stalk their prey. Use your head and be sure not to speed while driving through these speed traps.
3. Do You Know Who I am? - OK, OK, we don't want to say that! It is acceptable though to ask the officer if you
can receive a break as you are related to, or friends with a fellow officer. The worst they can say is no, but I'll bet
they won't. Just make sure you actually know them well enough for them to like you and know your name.
4. Water Works - I've never actually witnessed this but, I've heard enough stories to believe that crying can
sometimes work in your favor. Not sure that it would work as well for guys!
5. Woe is me! - Not always effective, but worth the try. Telling them that you're on your way to the hospital, divorce
attorney, tax collector, or some other undesirable place may get them to cut you a break. Works well with number
6. What Time is it? - You're more likely to be pulled over for a violation when there are fewer drivers on the road.
So driving like Mario Andretti in heavy traffic, it's less likely you'll get a ticket (but more likely you'll get into an
7. Watch what you Drive or Is That Really a Pacer? - It's true that the spiffier your sports car, the more heads
you'll turn. That also holds true for police officers as those cars can be just so darn hard to drive below the speed
8. A Little Help from Your Friend! - If you were born with a lead foot and can't help but occasionally put the petal to
the medal, try using a radar detector. They're not foolproof and can be set off by microwaves and other electronic
devices, but they're sure to save your skin at least a few times.
9. Watch for the White Signs with Numbers! - Seems obvious, but do you know the speed limits of most of the
roads you typically drive? I didn't think so, but the speed limit is posted on most of them so pay attention.
Especially to those roads where the speed limit changes.
10. Watch the Weather - If it's unseasonably hot or cold, wet or snowing, the policeman's probably in a bad mood
about having to get out of his car in the foul weather and write a ticket. So pay attention to these foul weather
days and drive slower.
In fact the best way to get out of a speeding ticket IS??? That's right, don't speed and always drive the speed limit.
That's the best method to avoid getting a speeding ticket!
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