“Speeding ticket”, Oh what an ugly word! Speeding tickets are obviously necessary for society as a whole, but I hardly believe going 8 miles over the limit is reason to pay a fine. I know there are millions of people who seem to be police magnets. It seems that every time you turn your back, they get another ticket. I, on the other hand, have NEVER received a speeding ticket. Coincidence? I think not. I have been pulled over 8 times in my driving career. That is nearly once every year I have been driving. Each of those occasions was for speeding, but never did I receive a speeding ticket. You might wonder why. I will tell you exactly what I do to avoid speeding tickets at all costs.
Showing attitude is the last thing you should do when talking to a police officer. There are two types of police officers: those that want to feel power, and those that hate pulling you over. Neither type appreciates a bad attitude. This means you should immediately roll down your window before they ask you too. There should absolutely be no sighing, comments under your breath, or sarcasm in your voice. Treat the police officer like anyone who deserves respect. It will gain you a lot of points.
Don’t Be Over Sweet
Police officers are human. They know when someone is sucking up to them. Imagine someone acting sugary sweet to you. It would annoy you wouldn’t it? Be genuine. Don’t show attitude, but don’t be sugary sweet. Treat them with the appropriate amount of respect.
Don’t act Stupid
Don’t act stupid. Let me repeat. Don’t act stupid! usually the first thing a police officer will ask you when he/she pulls you over is if you know that you were speeding or if you know why you were pulled over. If you know you were speeding, tell them, “Yes, I realized I was speeding right before you pulled me over. Sorry”. If you honestly didn’t know you were speeding, tell them, “Honestly, I didn’t know I was speeding, but I’m sure I was since I probably wasn’t paying attention to my speed. Sorry”. I have a few police officer friends that confirm this. Honesty is a breath of fresh air to a police officer. Also, be sure to include a “sorry” at the end of your statement. This shows that you really did not mean to break the law. That touch adds a lot.
One of the best ways to end a conversation with a police officer is to look disappointed in yourself and say, “Are you going to give me a ticket?”. Believe me, it is difficult for a police officer to say yes to someone who genuinely looks disappointed in him/her self. Again, cops are human and in general do not want to make you unhappy. If you make them feel respected, they will want to make you feel respected as well. It is hard for a police officer to say “Yes, I am giving you a ticket” if you flat out ask them.
Here are the tips I have used myself to get out of numerous speeding tickets. Honestly, I didn’t try to get out of my first ticket with this plan. I just realized what I was doing and tried it again. Again and again the method worked. I have shared these tips with you not only to lessen your ticket payments, but also to make the job of the police officer easier. Most officers are great people who want to leave you alone. Let them leave you alone by following these ticket-free tips.