Imagine the horror; you’re driving 60 MPH in a 50 MPH zone, and you suddenly see the glaring lights of a police cruiser in your rearview mirror. When it's pretty obvious that you're going to get pulled over, panic is usually an immediate reaction. If you keep your wits about you, though, there a few ways to avoid a ticket and they're not that difficult to manage.
Here’s the deal, if you’re driving 100 MPH in a 55 MPH zone or you’ve had too much to drink, nothing is going to help you. However, if you’re only going a bit over the limit, there’s a good chance these foolproof tips will at least keep points off your license.
Some tips are more obvious than others; definitely don't try to bribe a cop. However, some are pretty obscure. Read them all in the list below but remember that a police officer who pulls you over for a traffic violation is usually just doing their job. It’s your job to (politely) convince them why you shouldn't get a ticket.
Be Prepared And Courteous
After the police lights come on and you safely pull over to the side of the road, there are a few things that officers like a driver to do. Leave your hands on the steering wheel the entire time; this might make the officer feel safe. You should also turn on your interior car light if it's nighttime.
A driver should also always know the location of their license, registration, and proof of insurance. This will show the officer that you are both responsible and mindful of their time.
Stop With The Attitude
According to one police officer, a traffic cop immediately decides who's getting a ticket about 99% of the time. However, an officer can easily change their mind if the violator is being obnoxious. Whenever a driver complains about getting pulled over there's a good chance that they won't get away without owing a fee.
Ask For Permission
A person may have their license in their wallet or inside of their purse. After the officer approaches the window and asks for your documents, you should ask the officer for permission to retrieve them. This might make the officer feel safe and he or she may appreciate your cooperation.
Take Your Time Getting To Court
If you do get a ticket and plan to fight it in court, the best strategy is to delay your day in front of the judge for as long as possible. Imagine how many tickets a patrol officer hands out in a month. Imagine how difficult it might be to remember all the details several weeks after an incident. Now imagine how many details that officer can actually remember in two months or in six months down the line.
If possible, keep asking the court for a continuance. You might get lucky if the officer gets transferred out of the department. Often times, if the officer doesn't show up to your scheduled court date, the case will be dropped.