How to Avoid Traffic Tickets
By Stephen Bucaro
Your day is not going too good because you're running late for work or for an
appointment, so you put a little extra pressure on the accelerator pedal, and now you see
flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. Now your day has really gone to hell in a
handbag. In this article, I'm going to reveal how to avoid getting a traffic ticket, and
if you can't avoid getting a traffic ticket, how to fight one.
How to Avoid a Traffic Ticket
The obvious way to avoid getting a traffic ticket is don't speed. This, however, is not
always as easy as it sounds. Most traffic is going 10 to 15 miles per hour over the speed
limit, and if you don't go the same speed, they'll ride your ass, give you the finger, and
maybe even, in a fit of road rage - blow your head off. But there are ways to not get
First, observe the amount of traffic around you. If you're the only one on the road, or
traffic is very light, you're easy pickings for a squad car with radar hidden behind a
sign, a bush or a building. If you're the only one on the road, stick with the speed limit
until another vehicle, or a group of vehicles comes along, then you can fall in with that
group. It's more difficult for a cop to pick a single vehicle out of the heard.
If you're in moderate or heavy traffic, spend most of your time in the middle lane
keeping pace with the traffic. Even in heavy traffic, radar can pick out a single speeder.
And if you're the one that gets caught, don't bother asking the officer "why did you stop
me, I was going the same speed as everyone else?" The answer is because "you're the one
that got caught".
Spend most of your time in the middle lane keeping pace with the traffic. In heavy
traffic it's more difficult for the radar to pick out a car in the middle lane. The squad
car usually sits on the right side of the road or in the median and points their radar on
the closest lane.
If you need to speed to make up some time, do it in spurts. Keep pace with the traffic
until you come up on the car in front of you, then floor it to pass around that car, then
quickly slow back down to the pace of the traffic. If radar hits your vehicle, the digits
on the device will latch up at a higher speed number, but it will be difficult for the
officer to pick you out because you blended back in with the flow so quick.
What to do When a Cop Pulls You Over
If you see flashing lights in your rear-view mirror, pull over immediately. Some people
drive on for a while, hopping the cop will change their mind about pulling them over, or
maybe they're not after you, and they'll just go around. Then when the pissed off cop asks
them why they didn't pull over immediately, they use the excuse "I was looking for a safe
place to pull over".
First of all, whether the cop is after you or not, the law is - you must pull over -
even if just to let the squad car proceed after someone else. Secondly, the officer waits
until he sees a safe place for you to pull over before putting on the lights, so you need
to pull over immediately.
After you pull over, stay in the vehicle and place both hands on the steering wheel
where the officer can see them. Do not unlatch your seat belt. Do not go reaching around
or behind you for your wallet or purse. Do not go reaching into your glove compartment for
your registration. Stay in the vehicle with both hands on the steering wheel where the
officer can see them and don't move around too much.
Police officers deal with dangerous crazy people every day, and one of the most
dangerous things they do is a traffic stop. They have no idea if you have a weapon in your
lap waiting to blow their face off, until they're too close to do anything about it. Your
first goal is to show the officer that you are not a threat.
When the officer reaches your car, don't say anything. The officer has been trained in
a step-by-step procedure of what to do in a traffic stop. The first words should be the
officer asking you for your license and registration. Now that the officer can plainly see
you, you can reach around to procure the requested documents, but I still recommend no