Help Me Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket!
or, Help Me Understand Speeding Violations
or, Help Me Learn To Drive Safer

Do you need help getting out of a speeding ticket? Do you want to know ways to reduce your chances of getting a speeding ticket? Are speeding tickets a problem for you? Have you recently gotten a speeding ticket or other moving violation? Do you think it's unfair that the police are always stopping you?

Speeding tickets are very common. Driving a vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit is something that almost everyone does. Most people at least one speeding ticket or moving violation. Sometimes we get off with a warning, but more often we end up with a traffic violation on our record that results in higher insurance rates. But there are several things you can do (outside of slowing down) to greatly minimize the cost of a speeding ticket.

One the first things you can do, especially if you are a chronic speeder is get the book A Speeder's Guide to Avoiding Tickets by James M. Eagen. This book covers in detail:

What you realize after reading this book is that more often than not, it is entirely at the discretion of the law enforcement officer who stops you whether or not you'll get a ticket. Furthermore, your behaviour, especially what you say and how you address the officer, from the time the blue light comes to the time you pull away, have a huge impact on whether or not a ticket will 'stick' in court.

If you are stopped here are things you can do to greatly minimize getting a ticket and if you get one having it waived in court:

  1. When an officer signals you to stop, slow down gradually, don't slam on brakes.

  2. Pull off the road as far as you possibly can taking into account that the officer has to pull off behind and to the left of you. The safer you can make it on the officer, the better.
  3. If it is night, turn on the lights inside your car so the officer can see inside your car. Calmly place both of your hands on the steering wheel. Look straight ahead and be still. Don't fidget around in your glove box or look through your wallet.
  4. Realize the officer doesn't know if you're a dangerous criminal or an average person. He may have a buddy who was injured or killed doing a traffic stop just like this recently. Consider his emotional state as he approaches your vehicle. Police often deal with real low-lifes and they have a thankless job. Maybe it's toward the end of his shift and he's tired. Maybe the last speeder he stopped boiled his blood. Maybe his wife just left him. You want to be as 'disarming' as possible.
  5. Be polite and courteous to the officer, but no overly so. Address the officer as 'officer' never as 'sir'. If you know the rank system in your area address them by rank, for example 'seargant', or 'captain'.

  6. The officer will ask to see your license and registration. Only then do you open your glove box or your wallet. As you do this, do not look at the officer and move slowly. Remember your goal is to put the officer officer at ease.
  7. Remain calm, and do not try to talk your way out of the ticket. Don't make excuses and don't get upset.
  8. If you actually do get a ticket, politely respond to the officers questions and be nice.
  9. Ask the officer when he is finished writing the ticket if you can plead guilty by mail and just pay the fine.
If you follow these simple steps you will greatly reduce your chances of actually getting a ticket, and if you do get one you have greatly reduced the chances the officer will show up for the ticket's court date. If the officer does show up, you have greatly reduced the chances that he will even remember who you are which, in many states, is a great way to have the ticket waived.

The next thing you want to do is make certain that you appear in court for your ticket. You should also consider hiring an attorney to represent you. Everyone in the chain, from the officers to the judges to the attorneys, know how this game works. And many times, an attorney is friends with the judge and can make a phone call that just results in you paying court costs and having the ticket waived. The key is being calm, low-key, and just playing the game.

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