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12 Foolproof Ways To Get Out Of A Traffic Ticket

Updated February 19, 2019 1.3k votes 248 voters 22.7k views12 items

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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 are 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.

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    Strike Up A Conversation

    A little small talk can go a long way. If you engage in conversation with an officer, there's a chance they'll empathize with you. Ask how his or her day is going. Treat him or her like a friend. There's a chance the officer will treat you the same way.


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    Seek An Alternative Penalty

    If you do receive a ticket, the main goal is to keep the points off of your insurance so the premium won't go up. If you go to court, you can ask for a lesser penalty. Tell them you will attend driving school or pay a fine. Once again, be polite but be sure to let the court know how detrimental the ticket would be for you. 



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    Ask The Officer For A Warning Instead

    Photo: Lance Cpl. Michael Thorn / Marines / Public Domain

    If you were going a little bit over the speed limit or you rolled through a stop sign, you should ask for a warning instead of a ticket. If you were going 70 MPH in a school zone, don't bother but otherwise it doesn't hurt to ask. Remember to be polite.

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    Do Not Admit To Speeding

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    Sometimes if we speed and get pulled over, our first reaction is to apologize for going over the limit. We might even admit to knowing the speed limit and willfully disobeying it. This is a big mistake. Admit nothing. The reason is simple. If you plan to go to traffic court and fight the ticket, the officer can testify that you already admitted to speeding. Good luck beating a ticket then.

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