12 Foolproof Ways To Get Out Of A Traffic Ticket
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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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 they won't get away without owing a fee.
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Be Prepared And CourteousPhoto: Benjamin Faske / Joint Base San Antonio / Public Domain
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.
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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.
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Don't Offer A Bribe Or FlirtPhoto: Elvert Barnes / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Sure, flirting can get you a lot of things in life, like a free drink or a second date. However, it's not a good idea to flirt with a police officer. You might unknowingly insult him or her.
Bribery is just as disrespectful and offering any sort of bribe can insinuate that you think the cop is immoral.
Just because you see something work on TV doesn't mean it will work in real life, so save the hair flipping and winking for happy hour and keep your money in your wallet.
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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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Do Not Admit To SpeedingPhoto: Scott Davidson / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
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.