What are some tips of getting out of a speeding or parking ticket?
As an ex-cop, always, always, always be polite to the officer. If you start giving him some lip, you will get a ticket for sure. Remember that although you got caught this time, there are plenty of other times when you have been speeding and got away with it. So, my suggestion? Suck it up, and accept the ticket.
Now, that being said, if you do get a ticket that means demerit points that could cause your insurance rates to increase, I suggest you fight it with every fibre in your body to get it reduced. I recently used X-Copper here in Canada and they got my 3 point ticket for $270 reduced to $60 and no points.
I have a friend who will cry, stomp off down the street saying, "I just broke up with my girlfriend officer. I shouldn't be driving at all!" He's over 300lbs so it's quite the sight, but it has worked for him. Sad but true...
I can see from other comments that politeness and owning up to the mistake is the consensus.In the end, cops are human beings who may understand our predicament and even if they dont we have only ourselves to blame for breaking the law.
Be as courteous and polite with the officer, call him/ her sir or mam. Never question their authority. In other words, kiss their rear ends.
As the wife of a police officer, I tell you with the utmost sincerity that in most cases, the nicer you are the better you'll make out in the end. I also agree with a previous post here - always, always, always elect to go to court if you do get the ticket. If you're respectful and nice to the officer, he may even help you there. The judge can reduce your fine and sometimes issue no points at all. I should tell you to watch your speed and don't park where you're not supposed to, but that takes away a bit of our job security here, doesn't it?! : )
Cuttler, I do not know where you reside, but in some counties you can pay double the fine to have your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation which would also keep it off your driving record.
If you already have a ticket, the one I always hear is when you go to the court ask if the officer has their license for handling the thing they detect your speed with. I have known people who have asked that and gotten out of the ticket because the officer did not have their license with them so the argument was "how can they know what they are doing if they can't prove they are licensed?" -- and it worked crazy enough. Other than that, you have to pay the piper.
If you have not been given a ticket yet... a lot of politeness, and common courtesy goes a long way.
Wow..does this truly work? What a great way to get out of the ticket. Using the system to fight the system. I like. Thanks for this great tip
Never needed to use it myself, but I know someone who says it did. You're very welcome!
I got out of one speeding ticket because I used the excuse that my mother was dying. She was, though, or it wouldn’t have worked. My sister called me in Pennsylvania from Florida and said my mother who had cancer was not going to last much longer. I immediately got in my vehicle and made the 20 hour drive in less than 18. In Florida and not far from my destination, I was going through a small town and the limit abruptly changed from 50 to 35. Right, a speed trap, and I got pulled over. The cop asked me why I was going so fast, and I replied that my mother was dying and I wanted to get there before she did. He gave me the ticket but said if I could prove that he would void the ticket. My mother passed away about 8 hours after I got there, and she was conscious during some of that time so we did have an opportunity to say goodbye. True to his word, the cop voided the ticket.
And on the subject of speeding tickets and auto insurance, a little over a year ago I was shopping around and saved $2,000. I should be on one of those commercials. With the company I switched to, if you have 2 tickets or 1 ticket 20 mph over, you are not eligible for the best rate. My daughter had a ticket 19 mph over (another speed trap I had warned her about). Was I lucky or what. So not only can you be surcharged for tickets on your current auto policy, it can jeopardize your chances of getting cheaper insurance when you want to switch companies.
And cuttler, you could always try wearing a short skirt and a tight tank top. That didn’t work for my daughter though. And saying you are hurrying home to unplug your septic system didn’t work for me, although it was true.
Don't lie or make excuses. This may or may not get you out of a ticket, but trying to make up excuses or lying will definitely not help. Be apologetic and next time don't speed lol!!
My parents live in the desert down a long dirt road. Even though, there is a 25 mph sign posted because technically between 5 houses on 10 acre parcels, it is a residential zone. I had all the kids in the car, 5 to be exact. I was dropping them off at my parent's house because I had an appointment. I was late, so I was speeding. As one single car approached, I paid no attention to it. I didn't realize it was a Sheriff until he was right on me, and subsequently pulled me over. I was stressed out from the kids yelling and the late appointment I broke down and started crying. The Sheriff let me go. I wouldn't use this technique too often. Now when I see the same Sheriff he just smiles and waves, I have become the crazy person. hehehehe
Where I live, if you go to court you can legitimately have the amount of money and points cut down drastically. You would still have to pay some, but not as much.
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by stevewong 12 years ago
Has anyone ever gotten a more expensive ticket? If so please let me know!!!
by Liz Elias 8 years ago
I realize we are not supposed to write hubs suggesting people break laws.How about a hub telling someone how to legally challenge and probably get out of a certain type of speeding ticket?
by baca220 12 years ago
i got a speeding ticket, but the officer didn't get my race correct and there was no dollar...amount for the ticket . can i beat this ticket
by ElleBee 10 years ago
What are your tips for getting out of debt as quickly as possible?
by JP Carlos 11 years ago
I follow the traffic laws but still get pulled over for no apparent reason. But many of my friends (the beautiful lady drivers) often dodge the ticket.
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