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How to Avoid a Speeding Ticket

Updated on January 8, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

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

Is Speeding Ever Acceptable?

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 exertions 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 for Some Drivers

  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.


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.


High Speed Cars

High Speed Jet Cars

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

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Wonderful story - I'm glad you told it here! Great Dad, that!

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      PennyWise 9 years ago from Arizona


      Once upon a time a little girl fell down the stairs and cracked her head open.  When her daddy got the phone call the cop's lights didn't even slow him down.  The dad just waved "follow me"--apparently parents don't care about tickets under the actual circumstances....

       By the way, I'm fine thanks ;-)

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I understand - I've known several people that have never driven in their lives and don't want to do so.

      Once, I was alone on the freeway in the right-most lane where there was a wide shoulder and a fast-moving semi truck passed me on the RIGHT! He must have been drinking.

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      Kiz 9 years ago from Antioch, TN

      A very entertaining hub! Though.. I'm very scared of driving, so I don't see myself needing these excuses, however entertaining they are. :D

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Some of the excuses work some of the time, so I'm told.

      Tom, it is amazing that a small engine can pull a trailer.

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      tommiller 9 years ago

      You call that a good car?

      This is a good car...

      Great Hub,


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      sdorrian 9 years ago from Chicago

      Hilarious! I really enjoyed this hub. I wonder if these excuses have ever worked.

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      Hazok 9 years ago from Malaysia

      I'll try the Less Believable Excuses! FUN ny.

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      Panic 39 9 years ago

      Great Laughs Thanks for this ...

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Haha, it IS fun.

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      The Good Cook 9 years ago

      A fun, entertaining read.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Well, this was fun to do, so thanks for all the comments! --

      JerseyGirl - I'm not from Jersey, but I've been lost ont he PA TurnPike and the DC Beltway. :) Your daughter may end up a millionaire, teachig hgih school kds and race car driveres.

      highaystar - I hope peopel are given a warning the first time, unless they are going over 50 in a school zone...

      kpfingaz - my foot fell asleep on the ex - that's good!

      lrwhite - maybe that's why I see so many cars by the side of the road, near exit ramps - they couldn't make it

      Stacie - You're right, and the day I sped I was lost and not paying attention. I should have pulled over.

      AnnaEstelle - becuase of a sensor problem, sometimes my care DOES take off fast at green lights. But so far, no speeding tickets for that.

      Thank for visiting, everyone!

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      AnnaEstelle 9 years ago from Boston

      While lying to cops isn't really top on my list of to-dos, I did just buy a car with an engine that begs to be driven. One of those amazing vehicles where: you're cruising along, about 40 or so, when you look down and you're going 83 without realizing it. Until I get used to the way it handles I'll definitely keep a couple of those excuses up my sleeve, Thanks!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      Of course, the best way to avoid a speeding ticket is not to speed. But, these were fun to read! They just might come in handy some day.

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      lrwhite 9 years ago

      My sister tried #1 on your list about running out of gas. Cop really didn't like that and argued that by driving faster your actually are using more gas!

    • kpfingaz profile image

      kpfingaz 9 years ago from ~~~

      Nice...just what I was looking for.

      "My foot fell asleep on the ex."

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      highwaystar 9 years ago

      speeding tickets seem like a crazy way to raise revenue but if you're unlucky enough to get caught...any excuse that gets you off, can't hurt to go one a go.

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      JerseyGirl 9 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Great hub. I was chuckling a lot. Thanks for sharing, and I wonder if you live in New Jersey - (where I live).

      My (not yet) 5 year old daughter keeps talking about starting a business..... a driving school... when she grows up.

      SHE thinks that most of the people here on the roads of New Jersey DONT know how to drive.

      Thanks for letting the community know what kind of drivers are out there, and what they do. Take care.