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How to Avoid a Speeding Ticket

Updated on October 9, 2017
Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Do you drive as though you were at the motor speedway? Than you might receive a speeding ticket.
Do you drive as though you were at the motor speedway? Than you might receive a speeding ticket. | Source

Avoid Speeding to Avoid an Expsensive Ticket

The best way to avoid a speeding ticket and possible accidents caused by overly high speed, drivers should follow the officially determined and posted speed limits along their routes. During inclement weather, including heavy rain, snow, ice, sleet, high winds, dog, and other obstructions, then speed should be reduced below that of the speed limit on the road.

One sure giveaway that you might be speeding is the sudden appearance of your it taillights as you pass a police cruiser parked by the side of the road. The officer may not have paid much attention to you if you were in a line of traffic, but hitting the brakes when you see the cruiser means that you probably you were probably speeding. Stick to the local speed limits.

There may or may not be a good reason for speeding, but the following is a list of excuses people have told me they have used have worked for them. They avoided having to pay a heavy speeding ticket fine on an agenda of a crowded court docket that would take them out of the workplace or school.

Speeding is Aggressive and Dangerous

Speeding is recognized as an important element in aggressive driving, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines as "committing a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property."

Automobile speed safety guidelines have been available in America since September 16, 1940 or before.
Automobile speed safety guidelines have been available in America since September 16, 1940 or before. | Source

About one-third of deaths of young drivers and passengers happen in speed-related crashes.

— National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Some of these following assertions are true, but speeding is dangerous and drivers best not do it.

I only sped one time, distracted by driving down a road I did not road that was crowded with parked cars and road equipment. My speed was 30 miles in a 20 mile per hour zone, but I really was lost that day - crunched and crowded by heavy traffic all around. I paid the ticket.

Excuses and Reasons That Have Worked

  1. I am almost out of gas and was trying to get to the gas station fast.
  2. My house is on fire. I just got the call.
  3. My dog's at the pound and they're about to euthanize him.
  4. I am being followed by a suspicious car.
  5. I've been trying to get pregnant and I'm ovulating right now.
  6. I‘m having a heart attack and have to get to the ER
  7. My husband's been in an accident. I have to get to the hospital.
  8. I was just keeping up with traffic. They world have run me off the road!
  9. Have a "Diabetic ID Bracelet" - I need my insulin; it's at home.
  10. I have to get to the pharmacy before it closes, for my insulin.
  11. I'm a volunteer firefighter and I got a call from the station
  12. I was following someone and I didn't want to lose him. If I don't catch up I will really catch hell!
  13. My kids are waiting for me to pick them up.
  14. I'm on my way to testify in court.
  15. My child is in the hospital, unconscious.

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Less Believable Excuses

The following list contains some excuses that have not always worked for the people I know that have used them. In fact, some of the statements below have angered police officers.

  1. A UFO just buzzed me and I am chasing it with my camera.
  2. I'm with the FBI and I'm chasing undocumented aliens.
  3. You must have clocked the car in front of me.
  4. The speed limit was not posted.
  5. 90 mph? That can't be right, my speedometer said 55
  6. I'm lost and confused, can you give me directions?
  7. Just so you know, my dad is a cop.
  8. Oh was I speeding? I wasn't paying attention.
  9. There's been a death in the family and I need to get home.
  10. I'm running late for work.
  11. I'm late for a big date.
  12. Sorry, my radar detector was not working.

Speeding to keep up with the flow of traffic is not legal and the driver can still be ticketed.

— T-driver.com

High Speed Jet Cars

Jet cars that speed far above usually highway limits probably do not below on the road.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

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