Avoid Speeding Ticket
Driving fast? You know the routine, the second you see those blue lights in the rearview mirror, you know there’s a chance you’ll receive a ticket.
Or, maybe not? For minor speeding (typically less than 20miles per hour over), an officer will use their discretion as to whether to give you a citation or let you go with only a warning. To sway the odds in your favor, there are some things you can do when you’re pulled over that may help your cause. Keep reading to learn more about how the cop may be more likely to take your side when you get pulled over.
When/if you pass a traffic cop, wave
If you are going five to ten over and suddenly see an officer, smile and wave to acknowledge that you are paying attention and are slowing down. Otherwise, keep a low profile and don’t draw any more attention to yourself, like suddenly speeding up more or something like that.
Put the turn signal on the second you see flashing lights
If you are pulled over, start off on the correct foot by communicating with the cop, especially if you’re somewhere that’s too dangerous to stop immediately.
Stop immediately if their siren goes on
Don’t look for a better place to pull over. If the cop hits the siren, he or she considers it safe enough to stop here.
Talk to the cop, but not a lot
Rambling does not look good, but answering with a one-word response to every question makes you look suspicious. Have a quick conversation. This is what the Sales Manager at Patrick Volvo, a local full-service car dealership in Schaumburg, IL, recommends you do.
Be nice to the cop—really! It’s worth it
Timing is essential here, say something nice before the cop walks back to his car to check out your information. Once they write that ticket, it’s a done deal, no going back!
Be self-aware and apologize
We’re all people, we all make mistakes, and believe it or not copsreally do have compassion. If you are speeding and you know it, apologize to the cop and say you’ll be more careful!
There are certain times of the year, like around holidays, when officers may take overtime and sit around with the purpose of giving out tickets. That unofficial buffer zone of five to ten miles per hour, give or take, still applies, but try not to exceed that. And how about avoiding speeding at all? The speed limit sign is there for a reason—for the safety of you and other drivers. And if people want to honk at you for not going faster then keep in mind that’s their problem, not yours!
Also, another tip if you get pulled over: You should get your license, registration, and insurance out before they get to your window. Another thing: If you know your registration and insurance are hidden away somewhere, wait with your hands on the wheel until the officer is there and then ask permission to look for it.