Beating a Speeding Ticket

Prevent getting pulled over:

Try NOT speeding in the first place! Traffic laws are there for your and others' personal safety. The only thing between you travelling 65+ miles per hour on the road and the road itself are the tiny patches of your 4 (or 2) tires. For this reason, it is important to stay within the safety speed limit.

Just kidding. You and I both know speed limits are for suckers. Our driving skills and maybe even our cars' handling abilities are far superior and can tolerate way beyond the mediocre-inspired speed limits. Also your boss is quite unforgiving of you being 2 minutes late to work each day so it's not like you have a choice.

So what can we do? Try investing in a radar detector for starters. But keep in mind, they don't detect police cars - they detect radars that are turned on.

When you get pulled over:

Turn off the audio, turn off the car and remove your sunglasses. Get your license, registration and insurance cards out and be ready to hand them to the officer. This shows that you are prepared. Also roll down all of your windows, especially if they’re tinted. This will show the officer that you are respectful of his security/fear. Try to do all of this before the officer walks up to you and have your hands on the steering wheel at that time. However, don’t make any sudden, suspicious movements or gestures.

Don’t ask the officer any questions such as why you got pulled over until you give him your documents.

Be honest. The cop isn’t stupid. When you’re asked why you think you got pulled over, tell the truth if you know it. If you try to be a smartass, the cop won’t be as forgiving. But if you come across as humble and professional, he may give you a break such as giving you a reduced offense or letting you off altogether. TRUST me, this has gotten me out of several tickets. It is rare for officers to see someone being honest so they typically go easy on you.

Do not argue with with the officer, and acknowledge your mistakes. If you contest to any of it, politely make your concern known and go with whatever the officer says. Save the fighting for the court date, if you have one.