How to get out of a speeding ticket

Updated: 10/07/2022
Here are some best practices to avoid getting a speeding ticket when you are being pulled over.

How to Get out of a Speeding Ticket in 3 Steps
Getting pulled over can happen to even the safest, most courteous drivers. If you drive regularly, it’s not if - it’s when - you get pulled over by the police. While being pulled over can be a stressful experience, exercising courtesy, avoiding making the officer feel threatened, and having pertinent information in your vehicle can help you avoid a citation.

Prepare for The Encounter
Preparing for the officer to approach your vehicle can make a significant difference in whether or not you get a ticket:
  • Hands at 10 and 2 - while your hands don’t necessarily need to be at 10 and 2, having your hands visible and on the steering wheel will show the officer you are not a threat.
  • Radio turned down - don’t wait for the officer to ask you to turn down your music. Be sure to have your radio turned entirely off when the officer comes to your window.
  • Phone put away - whether you put your phone out of sight in your purse or set it in your hands-free holder, have your phone somewhere where it cannot be labeled a distraction.
  • Window down - be ready to converse with the officer. Have your window down and acknowledge the officer when he or she approaches your vehicle.
Have Your Paperwork Ready
License, registration, and insurance - have these things within arm’s reach at all times. If you don’t have these things on the seat or dashboard by the time the officer reaches your vehicle, ask for permission before reaching for anything - reaching for something can make the officer uncomfortable, and they may think you are reaching for a weapon.

Use Your Best Manners
Remember to use your best manners when dealing with the police. Yes, sir/ma’am and no, sir/ma’am can go a long way when speaking with the officer. Do not get argumentative - even if you think you haven’t violated any laws.
It doesn’t hurt to be generally friendly with the officer as well. General cordial behavior can make a difference in the entire encounter. Remember, at the end of the day, cops are people just like you and just doing their jobs.

Fighting Your Moving Violation
Even if you did everything you could to prevent yourself from getting that traffic ticket, sometimes an officer has decided they’re going to give you a ticket as soon as they pull you over. When you get a traffic ticket, the best thing you can do is take an online defensive driving course to avoid the ticket making it onto your driving record.
As a mark on your driving record can raise your insurance rates every month, paying to take a defensive driving class can save you a great deal of money in the long run.

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